Boehner does dramatic about-face on the legalization of marijuana

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Boehner's career change is especially shocking considering that the former Congressman said he was "unalterably opposed" to cannabis decriminalization less than a decade ago.

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Weld has favored medical cannabis since 1992.

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

"I made a decision to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises", said Boehner, now 68.

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Now He has joined a board of directors for a cannabis company with an eye on rolling back federal regulations.

"While the Tenth Amendment has allowed much to occur at the state level, there are still many negative implications of the Federal policy to schedule cannabis as a Class 1 drug: most notably the lack of research, the ambiguity around financial services and the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to the harmful opioids that are ravishing our communities", they wrote.

Former Gov. William Weld, (R-Mass.), on why he chose to join the advisory board for Acreage Holdings that operates marijuana dispensaries. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.

The state Cannabis Control Commission has finalized regulations for recreational-marijuana sales in MA, and the Select Board is planning to seek local opinion on the subject ahead of possibly enacting additional controls on the budding industry. Prime Wellness Centers, Acreage's parent company, is one of 20 companies granted priority certification for a recreational license by Massachusetts' Cannabis Control Commission earlier this week.

Distributing lobbyist checks on the House floor was later abolished.

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