Ex-House Speaker Boehner – a former cannabis opponent – joins MJ firm’s board

Former U.S. House Speaker John Boehner joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a New York company with marijuana cultivation, processing and dispensing operations in 11 states.

Boehner, a Republican, has been a longtime opponent of marijuana reform.

Industry insiders and analysts said his change of political heart has the potential to energize and influence national marijuana reform efforts.

In addition to Boehner, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings.

Boehner and Weld, who also is a Republican, said in a joint statement they believe “the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy.”

Less than a decade ago, Boehner said he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization.

But, in a tweet Wednesday, he said his thinking had “evolved” and that he was convinced descheduling the drug is needed to “help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”

Acreage Holdings said in its news release that the collective experience of Boehner and Weld in government and leadership will help drive the company forward.

Acreage Holdings, formed in 2014, was formerly known as High Street Capital Partners.

11 comments on “Ex-House Speaker Boehner – a former cannabis opponent – joins MJ firm’s board
    • CM on

      Wish he had studied the market a bit more closely to choose a higher quality company. Acreage Holdings looks like one more soulless and clueless acquisition platform consisting of disparate and already losing pieces of a non-existent vertical operation.

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  1. Shelley on

    I wonder if Speaker Boehner is a closeted user. Many people still do not feel it is safe for them to publicly discuss cannabis being in their lives. In his position he certainly would not have been comfortable doing so. I hope if he does use or even has used on occasion he will come forward. It would help to free many others to speak out as well. If I am off base and he has never used …I hope that he will. Enjoy.

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  2. Bert Andreason on

    From “unalterably opposed” to a board member of a marijuana company. It makes you wonder if his “evolved thinking” includes financial rewards for the new hippie. Hey Boehner, how about apologizing for all damage and delays you previous “thinking” did to the pace of medical research involving marijuana, for inhibiting its use for seizures, for PTSD, for post-chemotherapy nausea, for pain management, for making felons of people handling small amounts of pot?? Your actions will reveal your true motives.

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    • John on

      EXACTLY, many of them will get on board as they see this train will continue and money will be made. From one perspective I’m glad he’s involved, overcoming the stigmatism and improving the industries credibility is needed. On the other hand it’s the politicians involved in the decision making and their friends will definitely have their hands in the cookie jar.

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  3. Patricia Silverman on

    yep after making criminals out of we the people, for which he cashed in he gets to cash in again in a business that he would have shut down and had arrested, convient of him to haave a change of heart when tied to income

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  4. ian humphry on

    wether he is $$$ related in his change of view/opinion or not it doesnt matter, what does matter is now we have one more supporter, no matter what the reason, a supporter is a supporter no matter what and the more support and advocates we can get the better it will be

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  5. Tim Caldwell on

    I agree, the more high level politicians jump on the band wagon for what ever reason we get one more step closer to changing the views on a federal level!

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