Former House Speaker Boehner 'has evolved' on marijuana

Former House Speaker Boehner 'has evolved' on marijuana

Former House Speaker Boehner 'has evolved' on marijuana

"John Boehner's evolution on marijuana legalization mirrors that of both the American public in general and Republicans specifically".

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

The news of former Speaker of the House John Boehner joining Acreage Holdings as a board member caught many in the cannabis industry by surprise.

Boehner, in comments to the press, made it clear that he has reversed his long held opposition to marijuana legalization.

Bills to legalize recreational marijuana use have stalled in New York's Legislature, where Democrats control the Assembly and yearslong Republican control of the Senate is likely to shift to Democrats this year.

Marijuana is still classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I substance - meaning it's considered more unsafe than cocaine (Schedule II) or ketamine (Schedule III).

NY already has a limited medical marijuana program. Boehner added that by descheduling cannabis, tension between federal policy and states that have legalized the drug will be reduced, thus allowing "research and testing from federally funded institutions" to be done. While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, most states have legalized pot in some form.

"Now there's some evidence that it can become an exit drug" and an alternative to opioid addiction, which has become the primary public health concern in MA, he said in an interview with The Post.

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"I think we're actually ahead on it", Cuomo said.

Boehner said his perspective shifted after he saw the plant's efficacy in helping a close friend deal with debilitating back pain.

In the latest marijuana news, John Boehner has changed his stance on USA pot laws.

The governor had requested the marijuana legalization study as part of his state budget.

Altieri said he hopes Boehner will use his influence within the GOP to extend acceptance of marijuana, which may lead to legalization laws for veterans and nonveterans alike. The BI Global Cannabis Competitive Peers index has lost more than one third of its value since the beginning of the year, partly spurred by Sessions' move in January. "We need all the help we can get to change these terrible laws that are ruining people's lives, and we especially need help from well-connected politicos", Tom Angell said in a telephone interview.

According to Weld, "You can look at the trend of millennial opinion and you can see the future". (Neither Boehner nor Weld invested in Acreage, though Weld said he might.) The domestic marijuana industry was worth just $10 billion in 2017; a drop in the bucket compared to the $77.6 billion in revenue alone that the tobacco industry pulled in in 2016.

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