Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

John Boehner Gets into the Legal Weed Business

John Boehner Gets into the Legal Weed Business

He's joining the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a marijuana company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 states.

Joining Boehner on the Acreage advisory board will be former Massachusetts Governor and 2016 Libertarian vice presidential candidate Bill Weld, who has "been very progressive on the topic", said Allen. According to the company's website, Acreage's mission "is to become the world's leading cannabis company, bringing safe, affordable cannabis to everyone who needs it".

Boehner, who retired from Congress in October of 2015, said he thinks House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump to meet with GOP leaders at White House on Wednesday: report McConnell sees GOP's spending claw back plan as unlikely to pass McConnell suggests spending claw back is unachievable MORE (R-Calif.) is "in the No. 1 spot" to succeed Ryan. "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".

Many moons ago, when he was one of the most powerful men in Washington, John Boehner declared that he was "unalterably opposed" to the legalisation of marijuana "even for medical purposes". The Justice Department has been prohibited from using federal funds to target state-legal medical marijuana businesses since 2014.

"While we come at this issue from different perspectives and track records, we both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy", they said.

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"This is a great step for the industry and a strong indicator of the political and social winds blowing in favor of legalization", said Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech, a publicly traded cannabis company in the USA with medical dispensaries in California and Nevada.

And despite Boehner's former stance on marijuana policy reform, Altieri welcomes his participation in the industry.

The two ex-politicos noted how states have been able to experiment with marijuana laws under the protection of the 10th Amendment. "During that period, those rights have lived somewhat in a state of conflict with federal policy".

When it comes to marijuana, former Speaker John A. Boehner has gone from "hell no you can't" to supporting the board of a cannabis corporation. "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, who says he has never smoked pot, told Bloomberg.

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