Former Speaker of the House (and former marijuana prohibitionist) John Boehner, as well as former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, have been appointed to the advisory board for multi-state cannabis corporation Acreage Holdings, sending shockwaves through the industry and creating optimism that the appointments will help drive marijuana policy reform.
Bill Weld, the former Republican governor of MA, is also joining Acreage's board.
"We are excited to join the team at Acreage in pursuit of their mission to bring safe, consistent, and reliable products to patients and consumers who could benefit", Boehner and Weld added. Nine states and Washington, D.C. now allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, with varying levels of regulation.
Boehner in a statement on Ryan's retirement commended the Speaker for his work on budgets and tax reform. "These men have shaped the political course of our country for decades and now they will help shape the course of this nascent but ascendant industry".
Boehner, who is widely known to have a fondness for cigarettes and red wine, served as House speaker from 2011 until his abrupt resignation as speaker and as a congressman in 2015.
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As for marijuana's potential role in reducing opioid abuse, a study published April 2017 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence found in states with legal weed hospital visits for complications from prescription painkillers are dropping.
According to the National Conference of State Legislators, a total of 29 states and the District of Columbia now allow for "comprehensive public medical marijuana and cannabis programs". The position puts the two Republicans at odds with many in their party, including Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who earlier this year rescinded Obama-era protections for the multibillion-dollar industry.
"It put a smile on my face this morning", said Beth Stavola, chief operating officer and president of US operations for MPX Bioceuticals Corp., a Toronto-headquartered company with operations in Nevada, Arizona and MA.
John Boehner has just become a lobbyist for big pot.
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