Almost a decade ago, former GOP leader Boehner had said that he was "unalterably opposed" to cannabis legalization. Andrew Cuomo (D) last month. The announcement by Boehner and Weld "should send shockwaves throughout the industry and act as a positive catalyst for the sector as a whole", Ajamian said, reports Bloomberg News. The popularity of the plant continues to grow as reflected in the most recent Gallup Poll which shows that 64 percent of Americans are in favor of legalizing the plant for recreational use by adults over the age of 21. Furthermore, Boehner said he has spent years studying the issues facing the criminal justice system in the country, which makes him believe that legalization makes sense now.
NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon (D) is asking supporters to commit to donations of $4.20 after she came out in favor of marijuana legalization in the state. His belief in the benefits of marijuana has strengthened, particularly in the wake of prevailing opioid crisis. "Cannabis could be perceived as an exit drug, not a gateway drug", says Weld.
Former Republican and Massachusetts Governor William Weld will also join Boehner on Acreage's board.
"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", said Boehner, now 68.More news: UK Deutsche Bank CEO sacked after lengthy boardroom battle
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"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. "And it could help populations like our veterans, 20% of whom use it on a daily basis anyway, but it's got to be in the shadows". Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.
Right now, 8 states have legalized the plant for recreational use and 29 states have legalized it for medicinal purposes.
He said he wants to see federally funded research done and to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer marijuana as a possible treatment option for such conditions as chronic pain and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Boehner's decision may not come as a surprise to some. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco's company's board.