Retired Speaker John Boehner joins medical marijuana firm

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Boehner, 68, was first elected to the House of Representatives from OH in 1990 and served as House Speaker from 2011 to 2015.

Former GOP House speaker John A. Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. "I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol", Boehner said in 2011 according to NORML. In an interview with Bloomberg news wire, he stated: "Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people's attitudes have changed dramatically".

Why, oh why, Twitter moaned, couldn't he have waited until 4/20 - the stoner holiday - to make this announcement?

Adult recreational use is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C. That means more than one in five American adults can partake.

"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 colour in jail for something that white people do with impunity", Nixon said.

In a joint statement, the men said the time has come for serious consideration for a shift in federal marijuana policy.

"I chose to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises", said Boehner, now 68.

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Unlike Boehner, Weld, who was governor of the state for six years starting in 1991, has been in favour of modest liberalization of marijuana laws for his entire political career.

A second prominent Republican, former MA governor Bill Weld, announced that he is also joining Acreage.

The company focused on veterans in its messaging because they are "passionate" about broadening marijuana options available to former troops, Murphy said.

Both Boehner and Weld say they've never tried the drug.

Twenty states have legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Sessions' harsh words for marijuana, and his decision to roll back Obama-era protections, didn't deter Boehner or Weld's decisions to get involved with the industry, they said.

"I admire Paul for his service, appreciate his friendship, and look forward to spending some time with him as a private citizen in the not-too-distant future", Boehner said. "I don't know why they chose to do this". Rand Paul, have advocated for the legalization of cannabis for years. Beacon calls Boehner's appointment to Acreage's advisory board a "bombshell" that may help "legitimize" the sector and generate investor interest.