According to The Hill, the former Speaker of the House John Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld became advisers to New York-based grower and distributor of cannabis Acreage Holdings. Boehner, along with Weld issued a joint statement Wednesday, saying the time has come for changes at the federal level. She spoke in favor of cannabis legalization from the start - but has now kicked that plank into high gear.
However, not all of those campaigns have been explicitly focused on one of the most important points: Drug laws are effectively weaponized against people of color in a way they're not against white people.
Boehner said in a statement his position "has evolved" from opposing to supporting legalization of marijuana. He said he is convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed to do research, help the veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging the communities.
As more and more politicians of all stripes move towards support of federal legalization of cannabis, two senior Republicans have joined the advisory board of a major cannabis company.
Nixon, who is challenging Cuomo in a Democratic primary, says NY should follow the lead of eight other states and end a "key front" in what she says is the "racist" war on drugs. He has supported medical marijuana, but under heavy regulations. There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.
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 is joined on the board of advisers by former MA governor Bill Weld, a Republican who left office in 1997 and was former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson's running mate in 2016 on the libertarian party ticket.
Boehner has always been close to tobacco lobbyists and the cigarette companies seem likely to take over the legal weed market in time.