Acreage Holdings grabbed the cannabis industry’s attention when it announced former House Speaker (and longtime marijuana prohibitionist) John Boehner and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld were joining its board of advisors on April 11.
“We couldn’t be more pleased and honored to have Speaker Boehner a part of our organization,” CEO Kevin Murphy (pictured left) tells Cannabis Business Times. “The reason for that is very simple—he’s a very pragmatic and a very smart man. He’s very well recognized in this country and beyond, but he also helps us help each other.”
Boehner and Weld are not lobbyists, Murphy says, but rather guides for the company. Not only do they understand how government works, but Boehner has business experience through his time as an entrepreneur and small business owner, while Weld acted as a senior law enforcement member at the U.S. Department of Justice prior to his years as a governor and has a background in private equity.
“They have a keen understanding of who’s doing what when and what motivates people in government to do what they do, and to