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John Boehner is now pro-weed

John Boehner is now pro-weed

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner has changed his tune on legalized marijuana.

"Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people's attitudes have changed dramatically", he said in an interview. - Derek Peterson, CEO of Terra Tech (TRTC), the largest publicly traded cannabis company in the USA, with medical dispensaries in California and Nevada. Boehner and Weld said the federal government's insistence on treating marijuana as a risky, easily abused drug has hampered research and restricted access through channels overseen by the federal government, like the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs.

Boehner says in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposition to legalizing marijuana.

The addition of Weld isn't surprising given his support for legalization while campaigning as the vice-presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party in 2016.

According to the National Conference of State Legislators, a total of 29 states and the District of Columbia now allow for "comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs". "Yet the [Department of Veterans Affairs] does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage".

Acreage, a big player in the developing United States cannabis industry, declared that Mr Boehner would bring his huge experience in government affairs and unmatched leadership to "help drive Acreage towards its strategic mission" to cultivate the finest pot in America. "We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there".

He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, which operates in 11 states, Boehner said in a statement. "But that shouldn't be dictated by the nanny state in Washington". Boehner to date hadn't shown any interest in the industry and had has actually been a vocal critic. "I was a little bit ahead of the field there", he said. "I don't know why they made a decision to do this".

"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. 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. "You can look at the trend of millennial opinion and you can see the future".