Former US House Speaker To Promote Legalizing Marijuana
13 April, 2018, 01:31 | Author: Becky Perry
In 2018, in a blue state like NY, marijuana shouldn't even be an issue. He now says that the attitudes of Americans have undergone a sea change over the last 10 or 15 years, and that includes him as well.
The announcement that Mr. Boehner and former Massachusetts Governor William Weld will advise Acreage, a private company, should act as a positive catalyst for the overall sector. "I find myself in that same position".
In a joint statement issued by Speaker Boehner and Governor Weld specifically promoted the potential for medical marijuana use by veterans.
"I chose to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises", said Boehner, now 68. "Isn't it time we legalize it for everybody else?" Weld also believes that cannabis has great potential to help wean the country off its opioid problem. But as Mark Goldfogel says, "Cannabis, however, will evaporate while it's in the safe waiting to be sold - like Houdini with a skunk smell". "[If cannabis] was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in MA and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to NY, because it's right in the middle?" he asked rhetorically. "If there was more political courage coming out of Albany, we would have done this already". "But that shouldn't be dictated by the nanny state in Washington".
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Not only is Nixon right that marijuana should be decriminalized, both in NY and around the country, but we can't help agreeing with her assessment of the entire situation. "During that period... the public perception of cannabis has dramatically shifted, with 94% of Americans now in favor of some type of access, a shift driven by increased awareness of marijuana's many medical applications".
We need to look no further than our nation's 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments.
Cannabis advocates have lauded the former Congressman's public shift in favor of cannabis.
She also recalled that Cuomo - as recently as a year ago - was still echoing the discredited notion that cannabis is a "gateway drug".
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