The Marijuana Legalization Movement
Just Found A Very Unlikely Ally
The Marijuana Legalization Movement just found a very unlikely Ally. You thought that nothing could possibly get any weirder or messed up, in our b-horror movie of a country, then you may want to sit down for this one: Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner reportedly ‘evolved’ on the issue of marijuana legalization.
Politico reports that the weepy former House Speaker announced Wednesday he is joining the board of Acreage Holdings, a firm that cultivates, processes and dispenses marijuana in 11 U.S. states. Boehner tweeted:
“I’ AM JOINING THE BOARD OF #ACREAGEHOLDINGS BECAUSE MY THINKING ON CANNABIS HAS EVOLVED. 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 Republican House Speaker John Boehner
If there was ever a way to kill the coolness factor that comes from weed and any clearer sign of the end to the irrelevant war on pot, it’s having John Boehner getting behind the famed herb.
Of course, it’s a marked shift from his earlier stance on the issue of legalization, which really just goes to show how much our Reps really need to learn to ‘evolve’ while in office. in 2011, Boehner told Bloomberg that he was “unalterably opposed” to marijuana legalization.
But more and more Americans are waking up and smelling the Kush ~Michael Hayne
Marijuana Legalization Movement – Veteran’s and Cannabis
According to the Pew Research Center, roughly six-in-ten Americans favoring legalizing marijuana.
Boehner’s sudden reversal is illustrative of two things: 1. The opioid endemic is totally out of control and the easiest solution is to use marijuana as a pain reliever; 2, countless veterans are suffering from PTSD and marijuana is a most helpful solution to their unfortunate anxiety and stress.
Veterans groups have been screaming for the Department of Veterans Affairs to help its patients gain access to medical marijuana. Startlingly enough, the VA just recently granted doctors permission to simply discuss medical marijuana as a treatment for veterans in state-approved programs.
As Reason points out, Its doctors still are not:
“…PERMITTED TO PRESCRIBE OR ASSIST VETERANS IN OBTAINING MARIJUANA, EVEN IN STATES WHERE IT’S LEGAL.”
Boehner’s desire to join 61 percent of Americans and get behind marijuana is a most welcomed development. But it’s still difficult to celebrate this seemingly unlikely development when Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ attitude on pot is perpetually stuck in the 1950s.