Former GOP Leader Boehner Thinks Legal Marijuana Is the Answer for Millions

13 April, 2018, 01:36 | Author: Yolanda Murray
  • Ex-Speaker Boehner will join the board of a pot company, saying his views have evolved

Boehner, who served as Speaker from 2011 until his resignation from Congress in 2015, was appointed to the board of advisers at Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis business that aims to "make cannabis available to any patient who can benefit from safe and reliable access".

Former GOP House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. "I'm convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities".

"In 2018, in a blue state like NY, marijuana shouldn't even be an issue", Nixon said.

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After being opposed to the legalization of marijuana for years, Boehner has made a big 180-degree shift - saying "my thinking on cannabis has evolved".

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.

Erik Altieri, executive director for the Washington-based marijuana advocacy group NORML, told The Washington Post that Boehner's acceptance of marijuana tracks with rising American and even Republican lawmaker evolving beliefs about the drug and its uses. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?"

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Weld and Boehner also agree that the issue of cannabis legalization is largely a debate over whether or not the 10 Amendment grants states the legal right to legalize a federally-prohibited drug.

"When you look at the number of people in our state and federal penitentiaries who are there for possession of small amounts of cannabis, you begin to really scratch your head", Boehner said. While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, most states have legalized pot in some form. The two said in a joint statement that they believe "the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy", specifically citing the drug's use by veterans "to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments".

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