Here’s the introduction to Sam’s piece where it doesn’t take much reading between the lines to work out whay most of these people are in the “business”
Brian Mulroney, former Prime Minister of Canada, earlier this month joined the board of Acreage Holdings which operates marijuana-growing facilities in several states, including Pennsylvania. Mulroney sits on the board with former U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner, who along with former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, was named to the Acreage board in April. Weed hasn’t seen a Caucasian trio this powerful since the Fabulous Furry Freak Brothers.
“This is a really savvy move,” said Michael Useem, professor of management at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. “You want a mix of people with a range of skill sets on a board, including someone who knows how Washington works and how voters may vote when it comes to legalizing whatever you’re doing.
“And John Boehner no doubt is as good an adviser as you can find on how to navigate Capitol Hill. “
While in office, both Boehner, a Republican who served in the House of Representatives from 1991 to 2015, and Mulroney, a conservative who was Canada’s prime minister from 1984 to 1993, were openly hostile to marijuana.
Boehner once said he was “unalterably opposed” to legalizing the drug. But last week, he starred in an infomercial touting cannabis stocks. “My thinking on cannabis has evolved,” Boehner tweeted on joining Acreage in April. Now he’s “all in on cannabis,” he said on Wednesday.
Mulroney’s government tried to keep marijuana in the same legal category as heroin. He told the CBC this month that since he left politics, there has been a “sea change in attitudes in the reality of the use of cannabis.” Ain’t that the truth.
The Acreage board also includes the former chair and chief executive of Time Warner Telecom, Larissa Herda, and the former chief financial officer of IBM, Douglas Maine. Herda also served as chair and director of the Denver branch of the Federal Reserve of Kansas City. With banking a major stumbling block to cannabis industry expansion,
More big names at http://www2.philly.com/philly/business/cannabis/marijuana-boehner-mulroney-weld-why-u-s-cannabis-companies-are-packing-their-boards-with-freak-brothers-political-corporate-heavyweights-20181029.html