So what changed?
The attitude of former House Speaker John Boehner has changed. That’s right. The long-standing Republican Party member and notorious cigarette smoker said in his own words:
“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.”
The drug John Boehner is now advocating for de-scheduling is none other than marijuana, aka the devil’s lettuce.
Just as Paul Ryan announced that he would not be running for reelection in November, John Boehner went to Twitter announcing that he would be joining the board of Acreage Holdings. One of the nation’s largest cannabis companies. Wow.
According to a recent article published in New York Magazine, John Boehner was once an ardent opponent of legalizing marijuana while in Congress and went so far as to say:
“I unalterably oppose the legalization of marijuana or any other FDA Schedule I drug. I remain concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drug, including alcohol.”
What changed your mind, Boehner?
“Over the last 10 or 15 years, the American people’s attitudes have changed dramatically. I find myself in that same position,” said Boehner in an interview with Bloomberg.
According to Medical Marijuana Inc., as of April 2017, 29 states have approved marijuana for medical use. Since California first passed a proposition legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, the industry has witnessed massive growth that many say was to be expected.
To date, more than 12 million Americans use marijuana for medicinal use. The current medical marijuana industry is valued at over $7 billion dollars. According to Forbes, by the year 2021, the industry will be worth over $31 billion. 89 percent of Americans support legalization of marijuana for medical use if prescribed by a doctor. That number is up 15 percent since 2011.
So, in actuality, can we assume that it is neither the opioid crisis, the ability to do research, or the concern for veterans, which changed Boehner’s mind, but rather the potential for huge monetary gains?
Analysts with the Global E-Cigarette and Vaporizer Market forecast that by the year 2025, the e-cigarette industry will be valued at $61.4 billion. Perhaps, Boehner’s next major announcement will be that he is publicly siding with vaping?
Hey, it could happen.
[This blog is not meant to be partisan in any way. The use of former House Speaker John Boehner is solely for the purpose of highlighting the persuasive power of cash crops and the power certain individuals wield. The content within this blog does not express the political views of Mt Baker Vapor or its affiliates.]
Especially relevant: last Wednesday’s blog.
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