Former House Speaker John Boehner is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states, Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld also was named to the company’s board of advisers.
Former House Speaker John Boehner is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states, reports Politico. The move marks a significant shift for the former lawmaker, who said seven years ago that he was “unalterably opposed” to marijuana legalization. He now says his views on the drug have “evolved.” Boehner tweeted, “I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”
Acreage Holdings, one of the nation’s largest cannabis corporations, said Wednesday that Boehner and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld were appointed to its board of advisers. Weld was the running mate of Libertarian Party presidential nominee Gary Johnson in 2016 and has long supported loosening federal regulations on marijuana. Acreage founder and CEO Kevin Murphy said appointing Boehner and Weld “will help shape the course of this nascent but ascendant industry.” Republican Boehner’s endorsement of a shift in federal policy on marijuana comes as the Trump administration has moved to stifle the proliferation of marijuana decriminalization and legalization efforts in various U.S. states. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, as part of an anticipated crackdown on the drug, has rescinded an Obama-era policy aimed at paving the way for states to further legalize marijuana.