John Boehner Says, 'My Thinking on Cannabis Has Progressed'

John Boehner Says, 'My Thinking on Cannabis Has Progressed'

John Boehner Says, 'My Thinking on Cannabis Has Progressed'

John Boehner is heading for a cannabis company's boardroom, the former Speaker of the House announced Wednesday.

"Boehner joining Acreage is a step in the right direction both for him and also for the industry", added Arnaud Dumas de Rauly, chief strategy officer for The Blinc Group, a distribution-centric vapor and cannabis incubator. Well, it turns out he was only alterably opposed to it, because he's now joined the board of a cannabis operation.

ALBANY, N.Y. A week after telling two interviewers her support for legalizing recreational use of marijuana in NY was revenue-based, Democratic candidate for governor Cynthia Nixon said Wednesday that it's now foremost a racial justice issue for her.

The announcement that Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will advise Acreage, a private company, "should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole", Ajamian said.

"We both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy", Boehner, 68, and Weld, 72, said in a joint statement, citing the millions of veterans who "reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments".

"Millennials who will inherit the kingdom before long, they are even more positive about cannabis than the populace at large", Weld said. "It seems that each day or week another material event takes place in our industry that validates and helps promote the cannabis marketplace overall".

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Twenty states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Boehner and Weld said the federal government's insistence on treating marijuana as a risky, easily abused drug has hampered research and restricted access through channels overseen by the federal government, like the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

The Republican politicians' appointments to the cannabis company come as the current Republican administration has cracked down on state-level marijuana regulations.

"White people do get arrested for marijuana, but what we're saying is you're more likely to get arrested for marijuana if you're black or Latino", said Kassandra Frederique, New York state director for the Drug Policy Alliance.

Growing acceptance of marijuana on the right-in 2017, for the first time, a majority of Republicans supported legalization-has precipitated some elaborate ideological contortions as the party of Nancy Reagan and "just say no" evolves to stay in constituents' good graces.

Descheduling cannabis would not legalize it nationally, but it would end federal marijuana enforcement and allow states to set their own marijuana policies without federal interference.

The U.S. marijuana industry has a new spokesman: John Boehner, R-Ohio.

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