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Former US House Speaker John Boehner to promote legalizing marijuana

Former US House Speaker John Boehner to promote legalizing marijuana

As more and more politicians of all stripes move towards support of federal legalization of cannabis, two senior Republicans have joined the advisory board of a major cannabis company.

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner says he has had a change of heart on marijuana and will promote its nationwide legalization. "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.

His decision to join the board is a marked shift - in 2009, Boehner said he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization, according to Bloomberg.

The announcement that Mr. Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will advise Acreage, a private company, should act as a positive catalyst for the overall sector.

In a joint statement issued by Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld specifically promoted the potential for medical marijuana use by veterans.




"The trend that we're seeing towards acceptance of cannabis has gone hand in hand with greater education and conversation around the plant, which has naturally lessened stigmatization", said Linda Gilbert, Managing Director of BDS Analytics' Consumer Insights Division.

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.

"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", said Nixon in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday. The Justice Department has been prohibited from using federal funds to target state-legal medical marijuana businesses since 2014.

"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. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.