John Boehner, the Republican ex-House Speaker who ventured into the cannabis sector after his tenure, admits that he isn’t a marijuana user currently, but he intends to change that.
In a recent behind-the-curtains book that he launched earlier this week and in a CBS interview, John briefly talked about his recreational drug substance preferences. He told CBS news station that he drinks wine but if someone wants to light a joint or take a gummy, that’s none of his business.
Although he became a member of Acreage Holdings (a major marijuana firm) in 2018, the previous congressional head isn’t a cannabis user. That move attracted sharp criticism from bill activists who instantly pointed out that Boehmer refused to support any reform while in office but is currently benefiting from the sector.
The ex-speaker more comprehensively showed openness to smoking marijuana in the recent book dubbed On The House: A Washington Memoir.
In the section titled ‘ Smoke-Filled Rooms’, the former speaker talks about his cigarette-smoking habit. He writes about how found himself in a different smoking community sector when he joined Acreage Holding’s Board.
He said that most folks don’t believe him when tells them that he has never smoked weed. However, he intends to change that in the future.
The past speaker’s entry into the cannabis sector has led to a controversy. Activists have cited his inaction on the marijuana matter during his tenure and legalization opponents have called him an opportunist representing a proceeds-minded market sector.
Two years ago, advocates of social equity-focused marijuana disputed Boehner’s keynote speech at the South festival.
The EFA (Equity First Alliance), a panel that pushes for social and racial justice in the marijuana sector, stated that John’s presence at the event was an indication of the ongoing trend where more white folks are benefiting from the marijuana market while colored people continue to unreasonably face arrests and jail time for cannabis felonies.