Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

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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. 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.

While Nixon has spoken out about recreational legalization in NY before, this discussion on how it correlates to the issue of racial inequality is particularly refreshing and needed.

Acreage Founder and CEO Kevin Murphy said on the appointments that the addition of Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld to the company's board will lead to greater access for patients by changing the conversation overnight. "There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this".

Unlike Boehner, Weld has been consistently advocating for medical cannabis since 1992, and supported his home state's legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016.

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Erik Altieri, executive director for the Washington-based marijuana advocacy group NORML, told The Washington Post that Boehner's acceptance of marijuana tracks with rising American and even Republican lawmaker evolving beliefs about the drug and its uses. 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. While marijuana is illegal at the federal level, most states have legalized pot in some form.

Weld and Boehner also agree that the issue of cannabis legalization is largely a debate over whether or not the 10 Amendment grants states the legal right to legalize a federally-prohibited drug.

Boehner said that he had a change of perspective after he saw how well marijuana worked for his close friend who was struggling with severe back pain.

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. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.

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