Former US House Speaker To Promote Legalizing Marijuana

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Cannabis lab struggles to find home in Bay Area Known as an avid cigarette smoker, the Ohio Republican has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a multistate cannabis company.

These new registers are designed for marijuana dispensaries, and their software aims to help licensed business owners track sales and inventory, create reports, and comply with state regulatory agencies by sending reports to them automatically.

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.

In a joint statement, Boehner and Weld wrote that "we both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy". The two Democratic candidates will probably agree on most issues, but Cuomo has said in the past he does not support legalizing marijuana. Boehner said that his perspective on the drug changed after a friend used medical marijuana to successfully treat his chronic pain. Also joining the company's board of advisors is former Massachusetts Governor Bill Weld, who has more recently served as a board member for a tobacco company.

"The trend that we're seeing towards acceptance of cannabis has gone hand in hand with greater education and conversation around the plant, which has naturally lessened stigmatization", said Linda Gilbert, Managing Director of BDS Analytics' Consumer Insights Division. "If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already". As governor, Weld advocated for medical marijuana legalization since 1992 but his time as a federal prosecutor limited his stance on how far to decriminalize marijuana, he said in 2016. "[If cannabis] was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in MA and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to NY, because it's right in the middle?" he asked rhetorically.

"When you look at the number of people in our state and federal penitentiaries who are there for possession of small amounts of cannabis, you begin to really scratch your head", Boehner said.

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