Former House speaker John Boehner has joined the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a company that cultivates, processes and dispenses cannabis in 11 U.S. states. Boehner’s endorsement, after saying nine years ago he was “unalterably opposed” to legalization, could be considered a watershed event: Marijuana has gone mainstream.
“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.”
Sixty-four percent of Americans, including a majority of both Republicans and Democrats, want to legalize it, according to an October Gallup survey. That’s the most since the pollster began asking the question in 1969, when 12 percent of the population favored legalization.
Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, 72, will join Boehner on the advisory board of Acreage, which holds 35 licenses for cannabis businesses in the U.S., including Wellness Connections’ four licensed marijuana dispensaries in Maine, according the company’s website.
Boehner, first elected in 1990 to the House from southwest Ohio, was speaker from 2011 to 2015, when he resigned amid problems with