Yes.. and your mystery cannabis supporter is indeed the one and only serial cryer, pope loving former house leader Mr John Andrew Boehner. R. Ohio.

 

Not Just Crying..But Crying With The Pope!

The momentous announcement via press release can be read below.

So where do we start ?

It’s all altruistic according to statements to the press.

According to the Cannabist neither Boehner or Bill Weld former Governor of the State of Massachusetts has made a financial investment in Acreage, though Weld says he’s considering it.

It’s all about positive statements

“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically,” Boehner, 68, said in an interview. “I find myself in that same position.”(Cannabist)

“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. “We have literally filled up our jails with people who are nonviolent and frankly do not belong there.” (Cannabist)

Read the full interview with Bloomberg and watch the television report at the link below to learn about the new improved John Boehner

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-04-11/ex-speaker-john-boehner-joins-marijuana-firm-s-advisory-board

 

Unlike a few years ago where his stance was somewhat at odds with the evil substance.

In 2011, he said he was “unalterably opposed to the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs, including alcohol.” (NY Magazine)

Before we get to the press release, one final thought. Read the last sentence in this Quora response by Michael Backes at the Cannabis Pharmacy. We think we may have got to the root of Boehner’s about turn on cannabis. He’s been looking for the cure all these years, now, just maybe, he’s found it.

 

PRESS RELEASE – ACREAGE HOLDINGS

John Boehner and Bill Weld to join Acreage Board of Directors

Appointments Add Unmatched Experience to Acreage Holdings’ Board of Advisors

New York City, NY – April 11, 2018 – Acreage Holdings (“Acreage”) (www.acreageholdings.com), one of the nation’s largest, multi-state actively-managed cannabis corporations, announced the appointments of former Speaker of the United States House of Representatives John Boehner and former Governor of the State of Massachusetts Bill Weld to its Board of Advisors.

As members of the Board, Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld will bring an immense, collective and unique set of experiences in government affairs, unmatched leadership and guidance to help drive Acreage towards its strategic mission.

In concert with this announcement, Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld have issued this joint statement:

While we come at this issue from different perspectives and track records, we both believe the time has come for serious consideration of a shift in federal marijuana policy. Over the past 20 years a growing number of states have experimented with their right to offer cannabis programs under the protection of the 10th amendment. During that period, those rights have lived somewhat in a state of conflict with federal policy. Also, during this period, the public perception of cannabis has dramatically shifted, with 94% of Americans currently in favor of some type of access, a shift driven by increased awareness of marijuana’s many medical applications.

We need to look no further than our nation’s 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments. Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage. There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis.  

While the Tenth Amendment has allowed much to occur at the state level, there are still many negative implications of the Federal policy to schedule cannabis as a Class 1 drug: most notably the lack of research, the ambiguity around financial services and the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to the harmful opioids that are ravishing our communities.

We are excited to join the team at Acreage in pursuit of their mission to bring safe, consistent and reliable products to patients and consumers who could benefit. We have full confidence in their management team and believe this is the team that will transform the debate, policy and landscape around this issue.

On the appointments, Acreage Founder and CEO Kevin Murphy said, “Acreage has a mission to make cannabis available to any patient who can benefit from safe and reliable access.  The addition of Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld to our Board will lead to even greater access for patients by changing the conversation overnight.  These men have shaped the political course of our country for decades and now they will help shape the course of this nascent but ascendant industry.”

Both the Speaker and the Governor have agreed to immediately join the Company’s Board of Advisors and have committed to join the Company’s Board of Directors once it has been formed and other qualified directors have been appointed.

 

Sources

Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Boehner

Squire Patton Boggs: https://www.squirepattonboggs.com/en/professionals/b/boehner-john

Acreage:

Acreage Holdings is a vertically integrated, multi-state owner of cannabis licenses and assets in states where either medical and/or adult use cannabis is legal.  Headquartered in New York City and currently operating in 11 states, Acreage owns cultivation, processing and dispensary operations and has among the largest footprints of any cannabis company in the U.S.  The company is focused on building and scaling the best-in-breed operations and creating the best consumer-focused cannabis experiences and brands in the space.

https://www.acreageholdings.com/team/

 

Media Reports

Just a few as we’d be here all day if we listed them all.

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

Ex-Speaker Boehner, who opposed legalization, joins marijuana firm’s board

http://fortune.com/2018/04/11/pot-marijuana-john-boehner-speaker-republican/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/04/11/boehner-former-house-speaker-joining-cannabis-company-board/506886002/

http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/382614-boehner-joins-board-of-cannabis-company-for-push-for-medical

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/john-boehner-is-joining-a-marijuana-company-2018-04-11

https://www.cincinnati.com/story/money/2018/04/11/john-boehner-join-board-one-nations-largest-legal-weed-businesses/506505002/