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John Boehner, a former Republican Speaker of the House has reversed his opinion on cannabis… Now that he can make money from it. Boehner is famous for his huge opposition to the legalisation of cannabis, calling it a ‘Gateway drug’.
However now, he’s back, on the advisory board for a cannabis company, Acreage Holding. The company describes itself as an owner of cannabis licenses and assets where cannabis use has been legalised.
“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically,” Boehner said in an interview with Bloomberg. “I find myself in that same position.”
NORML, a charity that campaigns for the decriminalization of cannabis, previously given Boehner a “zero percent” rating on marijuana legalization, claiming that he has a “hard-on-drugs stance.”
A press release hosted on Acreage Holding’s site stated:
‘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. 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. Also, during this period, the public perception of cannabis has dramatically shifted, with 94% of Americans currently in favor of some type of access, a shift driven by increased awareness of marijuana’s many medical applications.’
The cannabis industry is projected to generate $75 billion in revenue by 2030, this may be a contributing factor in the erosion of the resolve of many formerly anti-drug figures.