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What John Boehner's Pivot On Cannabis Tells Us About The Legal Weed Boom

The former House speaker is getting into the marijuana game, illustrating the ironies of the way many Americans think about weed, particularly when it comes to race.

Last week, John Boehner, the retired congressman from Ohio and former Speaker of the House of Representatives, announced on Twitter that he was getting into the weed game:

"I'm joining the board of #AcreageHoldings because my thinking on cannabis has evolved," Boehner wrote. "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."

That of all people, is now a proponent of cannabis perfectly

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