Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

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At the time of the study's commissioning, Cuomo invoked a turning of the tide, both in the Northeast region and nationally.

Industry analysts are viewing Boehner's decision as a watershed event that effectively announces that marijuana has finally gone mainstream and that investment in the sector could balloon in the coming years. She spoke in favor of cannabis legalization from the start - but has now kicked that plank into high gear.

Weld says marijuana could be viewed as an exit drug instead of a gateway drug, a way to get off of harder painkillers that are far more addictive. Acreage Holdings is an investment company with a well-established footprint in the cannabis industry, Acreage operates in 11 states and has a diverse portfolio in the marijuana industry that includes cultivation, processing, and dispensing operations.

"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 color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", Nixon says in the video.

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".




"I made a decision 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.

In a joint statement issued by Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld specifically promoted the potential for medical marijuana use by veterans. There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.

Boehner is joined on the board of advisers by former MA governor Bill Weld, a Republican who left office in 1997 and was former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson's running mate in 2016 on the libertarian party ticket. He wants to see federally funded research done and to allow Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a treatment option. Prime Wellness Centers, Acreage's parent company, is one of 20 companies granted priority certification for a recreational license by Massachusetts' Cannabis Control Commission earlier this week.

Distributing lobbyist checks on the House floor was later abolished.

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