NORML Responds as Ex-House Speaker Signs On With Marijuana Industry Leader

  • by NORML April 11, 2018

    It has been announced that former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner, along with former Republican Governor of Massachusetts Bill Weld, have joined the Board of Advisors for Acreage Holdings, a multi-state corporation operating in the medical and recreational marijuana space. The company holds licenses for dozens of cannabis businesses in the United States.

    Boehner, in comments to the press, made it clear that he has reversed his long held opposition to marijuana legalization. In an interview with Bloomberg news wire, he stated: “Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically. I find myself in that same position.”

    In response to this announcement, NORML Executive Director Erik Altieri issued the following statement:

    “John Boehner’s evolution on marijuana legalization mirrors that of both the American public in general and Republicans specifically. Recent polling finds that over 60 percent of Americans support adult use marijuana legalization and, for the first time, this percentage includes a majority of self-identified Republicans. Allowing states the flexibility and autonomy to set their own marijuana regulatory policies is consistent with conservatives’ long-held respect for the Tenth Amendment, as well as with the party’s recent embracing of populism.”

    Altieri continued, “Regardless of motive, former Speaker Boehner is still held in high regard by a large percentage of the GOP membership and voter base. We look forward to his voice joining the growing chorus calling for an end to cannabis criminalization. Anything that expedites the ability for patients to access this safe and reliable treatment alternative, and that facilitates an end to the practice of arresting otherwise law abiding citizens for the possession of a plant should be welcomed with open arms.”

    39 responses to “NORML Responds as Ex-House Speaker Signs On With Marijuana Industry Leader”

    1. Todd says:

      Maybe Prohibition is illegal in the first place:

      “…nowhere in the federal Constitution is Congress given authority to regulate local matters concerning the health, safety, and morality of state residents. Known as police powers, such authority is reserved to the states under the Tenth Amendment. Conversely, no state may enter into a treaty with a foreign government because such agreements are prohibited by the plain language of Article I to the Constitution.

      Many federalists, such as James Madison, argued that the Tenth Amendment was unnecessary because the powers of the federal government are carefully enumerated and limited in the Constitution. Because the Constitution does not give Congress, the president, or the federal judiciary the prerogative to regulate wholly local matters, Madison concluded that no such power existed and no such power would ever be exercised. However, British oppression had made the Founding Fathers fearful of unchecked centralized power. The Tenth Amendment was enacted to limit federal power. Although it appears clear on its face, the Tenth Amendment has not been consistently applied.” — thefreedictionary.com

      • Dain Bramage says:

        It’s the difference between Law, and Justice.

        There’s Federal law, there’s state law, there’s Common Law… there’s even L.A. Law, and Murphy’s Law! The legal status of cannabis can, and does, vary, depending on where and who you are.

        To me, Justice goes deeper. Marijuana may or may not be legal; but marijuana prohibition is always unjust, in the extreme.

    2. George says:

      The speaker is following the money. No altruism here. He could careless about sick people needing their medicine.

    3. Jeanne says:

      Dozens of cannabis businesses in the USA? Of course he intends to make lots of money just like McConnel with hemp. It is all about money but watch out when Marijuana becomes “Marijuana made by Monsanto”

      • Julian says:

        Which is why we need to lobby local, state and federal reps to make cannabis “open source” and stop patenting the life which sustains us.
        We need to get involved politically and write resolutions like “Wheras Cannabis shall remain unprohibited, fairly taxed and open source…” to make sure all political parties represent our common desire for freedom.

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