John Boehner Is Now a Marijuana Spokesperson

Boehner joins cannabis company board to push for medical use

Boehner joins cannabis company board to push for medical use

On the same day it became clear that Paul Ryan won't run for reelection, former House Speaker John Boehner is showing the man who replaced him in 2015 that there is life after leadership. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco's company's board.

The move reflects a shift in Boehner's sentiments about marijuana from when he was in Congress. "During that period, those rights have lived somewhat in a state of conflict with federal policy".

Recreational cannabis is legal in nine states and medical cannabis is legal in 29 states and Washington, D.C. Marijuana's status as a Schedule I drug alongside heroin, however, prevents federal funding of meaningful research into the health applications of cannabis.

"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, who says he has never smoked pot, told Bloomberg. Back in 2009, Boehner expressed that he was "unalterably opposed" to legalization, but it appears he has changed his tune as a growing mount of evidence suggests that patients with seizures, pain, PTSD, insomnia and other conditions can benefit from the plant.

"I was a little bit ahead of the field there", he said in an interview.

Boehner and Weld also expressed optimism that de-scheduling the drug could prove beneficial in treating veterans with PTSD, something now prohibited by the Veterans Affairs health care system. "We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there".

In a joint statement, Boehner and Weld focused on a long-standing concern among veterans and advocacy groups - federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin and ecstasy.

"With the majority of Republicans favoring legalization and states' rights, it is no surprise that mainstream, right-leaning politicians are beginning to gravitate towards cannabis", said Erik Knutson, CEO of Keef Brands, a manufacturer of cannabis infused products.

"When I saw the announcement, I nearly chuckled to myself", Boehner said, referring to the policy reversal.

Boehner said he does not have a financial investment in Acreage, which operates in 11 states.

Boehner also said the 10th Amendment of the Constitution allows for states to administer their own marijuana programs but they need support from the federal government.

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