As Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is heading for the door, his predecessor John Boehner, once a critic of marijuana legalization, is joining the board of a pot company. Boehner, who is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, says his "thinking on cannabis has evolved," noting his belief that pot can help with the rampant opioid epidemic. Acreage Holdings is a multi-state owner of cannabis licenses in states where medical or recreational use of the drug is allowed. "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. But in his tenure in Congress, Boehner, well-known for his love of tobacco, opposed marijuana legalization. When he was speaker, Republicans in 2014 fought to undo the District of Columbia's legislation legalizing marijuana, threatening to prohibit funding that would in any way allow for the the D.C. law to be carried out. John Boehner: "I was … [Read more...] about Ex-speaker John Boehner, critic of marijuana legalization, joins pot board
Former GOP House speaker John Boehner, a longtime opponent of marijuana legalization, is joining a company that grows and sells cannabis, he announced Wednesday. He has been appointed to the board of advisers of Acreage Holdings, which operates in 11 states, Boehner said in a statement. “I have concluded descheduling the drug is needed so that we can do research and allow [the Department of Veterans Affairs] to offer it as a treatment option in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities,” he said. The move is a stark reversal for the former speaker, who in 2011 wrote a constituent that he was “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug,” adding that “I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.” Related: Ex-Speaker Boehner, who opposed legalization, joins marijuana firm’s board Boehner reiterated his … [Read more...] about John Boehner was a longtime opponent of marijuana reform. Here’s what changed his mind.
"Should have waited till 4/20 to make this announcement," one commenter tweets Thom Geier, provided by Published 7:11 am, Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Internet Ablaze as John Boehner Joins Marijuana Company Board 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It’s been a weird day for Republican Speakers of the House. First, Paul Ryan decided he would not seek re-election this year. Then his predecessor, Ohio Republican John Boehner, announced that he was joining the board of a medical marijuana company. And the internet was stoked — or is that toked? — at Boehner’s public reversal of his long-standing opposition to the legalization of marijuana. “Looks like John Boehner picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue,” joked conservative commentator John Podhoretz. “My thinking on cannabis has evolved,” tweeted Boehner, who served as House Speaker from 2011 until his resignation … [Read more...] about Internet Ablaze as John Boehner Joins Marijuana Company Board
The U.S. marijuana industry has a new spokesman: John Boehner.The Republican former Speaker of the House has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 U.S. states. Boehner’s endorsement, after saying nine years ago he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization, could be considered a watershed event: Marijuana has gone mainstream.“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically,” he said in an interview. “I find myself in that same position.”Sixty-four percent of Americans, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, want to legalize it, according to an October Gallup survey. That’s the most since the pollster began asking the question in 1969, when 12 percent of the population favored legalization.Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will join Boehner on the advisory board of Acreage, which holds 35 … [Read more...] about Ex-Speaker John Boehner joins marijuana firm’s advisory board
Former House Speaker John Boehner plans to hit the road this summer to campaign for Republicans in an effort to keep the GOP majority in the House, CNN is reporting. Boehner will travel across country aboard a rented motor coach, dubbed "Freedom One." At least seven stops have been confirmed so far and more are expected, the news network said. "Why does he do it? said Dave Schnittger, a spokesman for Boehner. "He likes getting out among the people, mixing it up and feeling the pulse of the nation, while supporting his former colleagues and the next generation of leaders." "He didn't do it last summer, and he missed it. Actually, I think 'miserable' is the word he used. This summer there's both a demand for it and a renewed desire on his part, so it was an easy call." Boehner first started the campaign bus tours in the late 1990s when he was the House Republican conference chairman. The tradition continued in 2016 even after Boehner had left Congress, CNN reported. Boehner represented a … [Read more...] about John Boehner to Campaign for GOP House Candidates