The final day of the 2018 legislative session brought a flurry of last minute legislative votes, but it also saw state Rep. David Clark, R-Buford, offer harsh criticism of his counterpart in the Senate and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle on the House floor.
As the House was considering House Bill 65, which deals with recommendations of additional conditions for treatment with low THC cannabis oil, Clark took to the well of the chamber and condemned Cagle and Sen. Renee Unterman, R-Buford. The bill was amended in the House on Thursday to include a section on making medical cannabis oil treatments available to people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.
That section had originally been in House Bill 764, which was sponsored by Clark, a former Army Ranger. The House overwhelmingly passed that bill, 145-17, in late February, but it got stalled in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee, which is led by Unterman.
Clark accused Unterman and Cagle of “playing games” with cannabis oil bills for five years.
“I can say, without a shadow of a doubt, I’ve seen corruption and those are two of the most corrupt individuals I have met and I’m sorry to say that if that offends some people but that’s the truth,” Clark said. “You don’t play with lives.”
While the tone of Clark’s comments are one reason why the remarks stand out, there are other reasons. He, Unterman and Cagle are all Republicans — and Clark and Unterman represent the same general part of Gwinnett, albeit in different chambers.
Meanwhile, lingering in the background is this year’s gubernatorial race. Clark appeared on a stage with Republican gubernatorial candidate Clay Tippins to rally support for House Bill 764 on