Editor's Note: USA Today reports that former GOP House Speaker John Boehner announced he has changed his views on cannabis and joined the board of Acreage Holdings an expanding, multi-state owner of cannabis licenses and assets in states where either medical and/or adult use cannabis is legal. The article notes that Republican members of Congress are increasingly the recipients of marijuana lobbying dollars as the industry has grown more sophisticated and comfortable with its power. Many advocates believe it's only a matter of time before Congress reschedules marijuana at the federal level which could replace the patchwork of state-level legalization laws, permit distribution of marijuana across state lines and allow marijuana firms to get bank accounts.
April 11, 2018
Former House speaker John Boehner is dropping his long-held opposition to marijuana and joining the board of a rapidly expanding cannabis company.
Boehner, who left the House in 2015, briefly served on the board of tobacco giant Reynolds American after his retirement. He
said in a statement Wednesday
that his thinking on marijuana has "evolved," prompting him to join New York-based Acreage Holdings, along with former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, also a Republican.
"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," Boehner tweeted.
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