John Boehner Backs Marijuana Legalization

John Boehner Backs Marijuana Legalization

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of cannabis company, a surprising career move for a Republican who firmly opposed all cannabis reform while in office. Furthermore, Boehner said he has spent years studying the issues facing the criminal justice system in the country, which makes him believe that legalization makes sense now.

Nixon says if there was more "political courage" in Albany, the drug would already be legal. The two Democratic candidates will probably agree on most issues, but Cuomo has said in the past he does not support legalizing marijuana. "I think we are actually ahead on [the cannabis legalization issue]", Cuomo said, according to the Daily News. Acreage Holdings is an investment company with a well-established footprint in the cannabis industry, Acreage operates in 11 states and has a diverse portfolio in the marijuana industry that includes cultivation, processing, and dispensing operations. Boehner said that his perspective on the drug changed after a friend used medical marijuana to successfully treat his chronic pain.

"I chose to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises", said Boehner, now 68.




As we know, President Trump said during the campaign that he is "100%" in favor of medical cannabis and that adult use should be decided by the states.

"While the Tenth Amendment has allowed much to occur at the state level, there are still many negative implications of the Federal policy to schedule cannabis as a Class 1 drug: most notably the lack of research, the ambiguity around financial services and the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to the harmful opioids that are ravishing our communities", Boehner and Weld said.

Boehner is joined on the board of advisers by former MA governor Bill Weld, a Republican who left office in 1997 and was former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson's running mate in 2016 on the libertarian party ticket.

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