If you thought that nothing could possibly get any weirder or messed up in our b-horror movie of a country, then you may want to sit down for this one: Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner reportedly ‘evolved’ on the issue of marijuana legalization.
Politico reports that the weepy former House Speaker announced Wednesday he is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states. Boehner tweeted:
“I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved. I’m convinced de-scheduling the drug is needed so we can do research, help our veterans, and reverse the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities.”
If there was ever a way to kill the coolness factor that comes from weed and any clearer sign of the end to the irrelevant war on pot, it’s having John Boehner getting behind the famed herb.
Of course, it’s a marked shift from his earlier stance on the issue of legalization, which really just goes to show how much our Reps really need to learn to ‘evolve’ while in office. in 2011, Boehner told Bloomberg that he was “unalterably opposed” to marijuana legalization
Boehner’s sudden reversal is illustrative of two things: 1. The opioid endemic is totally out of control and the easiest solution is to use marijuana as a pain reliever; 2, countless veterans are suffering from PTSD and marijuana is a most helpful solution to their unfortunate anxiety and stress.
Veterans groups have been screaming for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help its patients gain access to medical marijuana. Startlingly enough, the VA just recently granted doctors permission to simply discuss medical marijuana as a treatment for veterans in state-approved programs.
As Reason points out, Its doctors still are not:
“…Permitted to prescribe or assist veterans in obtaining marijuana, even in states where it’s legal.”
So Boehner’s desire to join 61 percent of Americans and get behind marijuana is a most welcomed development.
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