Even John Boehner, the famously orange former Speaker of the House and notorious chainsmoker, has made a decision to go green, announcing on Wednesday that he is joining the board of directors of Acreage Holdings, one of America's largest marijuana companies, to help them navigate state and federal policy in their quest for legalization.
Boehner, who served as Speaker from 2011 until his resignation from Congress in 2015, was appointed to the board of advisers at Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis business that aims to "make cannabis available to any patient who can benefit from safe and reliable access".
In a tweet Wednesday, Boehner, a Republican politician, said his views on marijuana have changed.
"I chose 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", the 68-year-old said.
Today's announcement marks Boehner as the highest-ranking Republican to both embrace legalization and join the industry. His movement on the issue is in line with an overall shift in perception of marijuana across the United States, where more Americans now say they're in favor of legalization.
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. "Also, during this period, the public perception of cannabis has dramatically shifted, with 94% of Americans now in favor of some type of access, a shift driven by increased awareness of marijuana's many medical applications".
Still, the drug remains federally illegal and is classified as a Schedule I narcotic, the harshest of five government ratings.
In a joint statement, the men said the time has come for serious consideration for a shift in federal marijuana policy.
As a lawmaker, John Boehner was against marijuana legalization-way against it.
OH is one of 29 states that allow marijuana use for medical purposes.
The duo also castigated federal prohibitions on marijuana that left states like Colorado, Maine, Ohio, and Florida, which implemented their own laws governing the drug, in limbo. Rand Paul, have advocated for the legalization of cannabis for years. The firm is an investment corporation specializing in the cultivation and dispersal of marijuana across 11 different USA states.
"Descheduling will reduce the conflict between federal policy and state programs".
Former House Speaker John Boehner's got a new gig.