Boehner Joins Fight to Loosen Marijuana Laws, Saying His Thinking has “Evolved”

(From ABC News)

Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, one of the nation’s largest cannabis corporations, saying “my thinking on cannabis has evolved” and that he now supports changing federal marijuana policy.

In a joint statement released Wednesday Boehner, who served as Speaker from 2011 to 2015, and former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, cited the recent experimentation by a number of U.S. states that have changed their marijuana laws in recent years as part of the reason for their decision.

“While we come at this issue from different perspectives and track records, we both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy,” Weld and Boehner wrote, “Over the past 20 years a growing number of states have experimented with their right to offer cannabis programs under the protection of the 10th amendment. During that period, those rights have lived somewhat in a state of conflict with federal policy.”

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