Authored By: Silvia San Nicolas, Esq.
In a tweet that rivaled Trumps tweets for shock value and an impressive strategy all the way around, former republican Speaker of the House John Boehner tweeted “I’m joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved.” And added, “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.”
Former Speaker had in the not so distant past (2009) openly and notably was “unalterably opposed” to cannabis legalization – and voted against legalization in 1999. So this new leaf is one to pay close very close attention to.
Bohners’ bold move and appointment was timed with the appointment of former Governor of the State of Massachusetts, libertarian Bill Weld to Acerage Holdings Board of Advisors. Acreage Holdings is a multi-state enterprise that promotes safe and reliable access to cannabis for patients and consumers.
In a joint statement issued by both Weld and Bohner, they cite 20 years of increasing state support for cannabis legalization under the 10th amendment, overwhelming public support of 94% for some type of access and mounting medical evidence of the applications of cannabis as why they chosen to serve Acerage Holdings. Focusing strongly on the need of millions of veterans need for cannabis to treat PTSD and opposition to the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to opioids, this new pair of advisors formal announcement is a clear signal of things to come.
With Trump being a strong supporter of our Veterans, especially when it comes to access to health care, and Sessions on his short list, Bohner’s move may have just been the unofficial signal that the tide has turned green for go.