Even John Boehner, the famously orange former Speaker of the House and notorious chainsmoker, has chose to go green, announcing on Wednesday that he is joining the board of directors of Acreage Holdings, one of America's largest marijuana companies, to help them navigate state and federal policy in their quest for legalization.
"I have concluded descheduling the drug is needed so that we can do research and allow VA to offer it as a treatment option in the fight against the opioid epidemic that is ravaging our communities", he said.
"We were excited to see Acreage's announcement this morning that Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld will be joining Acreage's board and believe that the state-legal cannabis industry just got two powerful allies". "As members of the Board, Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld will bring an vast, collective and unique set of experiences in government affairs, unmatched leadership and guidance to help drive Acreage towards its strategic mission". "The addition of Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld to our Board will lead to even greater access for patients by changing the conversation overnight". A number of Republican lawmakers criticized a recent move by Attorney General Jeff Sessions to roll back a long-standing policy of federal noninterference with state-legal recreational marijuana laws.
In the latest marijuana news, John Boehner has changed his stance on US pot laws.
Boehner stepped down as speaker and left Congress in 2015, and Ryan, R-Wisconsin, took his place. The General Assembly is weighing whether to legalize recreational marijuana; last week, a bill proposing a regulatory apparatus for recreational marijuana was voted out of committee, the first time in state legislature history that a recreational marijuana bill is fated for full consideration. Canada plans to legalize recreational use later this year - following California's steps to do so January 1.
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The stock has performed 14.73% over the last seven days, -11.98% over the last thirty, and -8.50% over the last three months. Following the transaction, the director now owns 150,208 shares in the company, valued at approximately $45,062,400.
New York-based Acreage, which has cannabis operations in 11 states, said Boehner and Weld will serve on its board of directors when that is formed. Nine states and Washington, D.C. now allow the use of marijuana for recreational purposes, with varying levels of regulation.
We need to look no further than our nation's 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments.
NY already has a limited medical marijuana program. "They are even more positive about cannabis than the populous at large". But the $168.3 billion state budget passed on March 30 includes funding for his plan to conduct a study on the health, economic and criminal justice impacts legalized marijuana could have across NY, especially now that neighboring Vermont and MA have legalized it.
Acreage Holdings, a main player in the increasingly white-collar marijuana trade, will expand its research initiatives among universities as it seeks to "demystify" cannabis, chief executive Kevin Murphy told The Post.