Former Speaker of the House John Boehner surprised everyone a few months ago when he joined the advisory board of a cannabis company. And now the former Republican leader is calling on his former colleagues to get with the times when it comes to marijuana.
In an interview with a local news station, Boehner made several arguments in favor of medical marijuana. He discussed how the drug could be used to help treat people with epilepsy, how it can help veterans dealing with chronic pain and PTSD and even mentioned how states with medical marijuana see less opioid abuse. But his strongest points related to his former colleagues in the federal government.
In the interview, Boehner said he does not believe marijuana should be classified as a Schedule I controlled substance by the federal government. He said this would particularly help with cannabis research, as many universities and institutions avoid marijuana out of fear of retribution from the government.
But while Boehner was critical of the federal government's handling of cannabis, he didn't straight out say he's in favor of states legalizing the drug recreationally. Although he implied he believes states should handle it however they see fit.
"If the states decide they want to do this, this is up to them, but I am not going to be an advocate on what the states should and should not do," Boehner said. "That's clearly up to them."
It's always so great to see a powerful politician throwing his support behind cannabis after he's left office and has no influence on public policy.