John Boehner Flips Stance on Pot Laws

by Garry Watts April 12, 2018, 5:04
John Boehner Flips Stance on Pot Laws

So, it looks like John Boehner might trade in his cigars for blunts.

After people realized Wednesday that this is not fake news, they passed the Doritos.

Former House speaker John Boehner is dropping his long-held opposition to marijuana and joining the board of a rapidly expanding cannabis company. "Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people's attitudes have changed dramatically", he told Bloomberg.

And coming on the same day that his successor, Paul Ryan, announced that he will not seek re-election, was just too, too much news for some folks to process in a single news cycle, though there are now dreams of the two opening a pot dispensary together.

The politicians' years in public office may help the company navigate the winding road to federal legalization.

Still, the drug remains federally illegal and is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, the harshest of five government ratings. Recent polling finds that over 60 percent of Americans support adult use marijuana legalization and, for the first time, this percentage includes a majority of self-identified Republicans.

Both Boehner and Weld have agreed to join the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings immediately and are committed to joining its board of directors once it is formed and other qualified directors have been appointed, the New York-based company said in a press release.

NY already has a limited medical marijuana program.

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"I believe it's time for NY to follow the lead of eight other states and D.C. and legalize the recreational use of marijuana", Nixon said in the video. While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, most states have legalized pot in some form. "Shocked. Shocked, I say!", Sabet tweeted. "Luckily for all of us, the Reagan era drug warrior platform is dying." - Erik Knutson, CEO of Keef Brands, a manufacturer of cannabis-infused products Keef Cola, Keef Sparking Water, Oil Stix and Vitacanna.

"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", Nixon said.

Twenty states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes.

Ajamian believes US cannabis producers "represent the next wave of outsized returns for investors" once the halo of legalization in Canada fades.

Mr. Altieri said Mr. Boehner could have more credibility among opponents, able to meet them where they are. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.

Neither Boehner nor Weld has made a financial investment in Acreage, though Weld says he's considering it.

Weld said he's been in favor of medical marijuana for years and supported the initiative that legalized adult-use in MA in 2016, the Financial Post reported.


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