Prohibitionist, Republican John Boehner, has taken a Job in the Cannabis Industry with Acreage Holdings
Everyone has the right to change his or her mind. Some even say it is essential as human beings.
“…so soon as I discover my opinions to be erroneous, I shall be ready to renounce them,” said Abraham Lincoln.
This is what Former House Speaker John Boehner did when he announced that he endorses de-scheduling marijuana, which would remove it from the Controlled Substances Act and put an end to federal prohibition.
The Ohio Republican and House Speaker from 2011 to 2015, said his “thinking on cannabis has evolved.”
“I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. 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.”
Former Republican Governor of Massachusetts, Bill Weld, is also joining the Acreage Holding Board of Advisors.
The two Republican retirees will help advise Acreage on what Boehner calls the “murky legal issues and political issues,” of legalization and how to work with state and local governments.
“When you look at the number of people in our state and federal penitentiaries, who are there for possession of small amounts of cannabis, you begin to really scratch your head,” Boehner said. “We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there.”
Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the Marijuana Policy Project, said Mr. Boehner “should be actively working to reform federal marijuana laws to allow states to determine their own policies, rather than just consulting with a business to navigate the conflicts between state and federal law.”