Former US House Speaker To Promote Legalizing Marijuana

By Dan Sewell 

CINCINNATI (AP) — Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner stated Wednesday he has had a change of coronary heart on marijuana and can promote its nationwide legalization as a method to assist veterans and the nation’s lethal opioid disaster.

The Ohio Republican, an avid cigarette smoker, has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings , a multistate hashish firm. The firm additionally introduced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has joined its advisory board.

Weld, a Republican as governor, ran within the 2016 presidential election on the Libertarian Party ticket that was headed by legal-pot advocate Gary Johnson.

Boehner stated in a press release his place “has evolved” from opposing to supporting legalization of marijuana.

“I decided 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,” stated Boehner, now 68.

He stated he needs to see federally funded analysis executed and to permit the Department of Veterans Affairs to supply marijuana as a attainable remedy choice for such circumstances as continual ache and post-traumatic stress dysfunction.

Boehner additionally stated the transfer would curtail federal-state battle on marijuana insurance policies. While marijuana is prohibited on the federal degree, most states have legalized pot in some type. President Donald Trump’s administration in January lifted a Barack Obama-era coverage that discouraged federal authorities from cracking down on the pot commerce in states the place the drug is authorized.

New York-based Acreage, which has hashish operations in 11 states, stated Boehner and Weld will serve on its board of administrators when that’s shaped. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco’s firm’s board.

Paul Ryan, Boehner’s successor when he resigned as speaker in 2015, had talked concerning the work of getting the odor of cigarette smoke out of the speaker’s workplace after Boehner’s departure.

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