It feels extremely relevant alongside another news item from yesterday, wherein we discovered that former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner is taking a job in the marijuana industry, while his own political party uses their control of the White House to double down on that racist "war", and a disproportionately high number of people of color are still in prison from-or otherwise affected by convictions of-working in the very same industry. She spoke in favor of cannabis legalization from the start - but has now kicked that plank into high gear.
"There are a lot of good reasons for legalizing marijuana, but for me, it comes down to this: We have to stop putting people of color in jail for something that white people do with impunity", Nixon says in the video.
Boehner, who served as Speaker from 2011 until his resignation from Congress in 2015, was appointed to the board of advisers at Acreage Holdings, a multi-state cannabis business that aims to "make cannabis available to any patient who can benefit from safe and reliable access".More news: Trump doorman 'unstable,' 'infamous for making up stories,' ex-wife says
"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.
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. One in four Americans (26%) expect that legalization of marijuana will help to solve the opioid epidemic, according to the BDS Analytics study.
Erik Altieri, executive director for the Washington-based marijuana advocacy group NORML, told The Washington Post that Boehner's acceptance of marijuana tracks with rising American and even Republican lawmaker evolving beliefs about the drug and its uses.More news: Alta tensione tra Usa e Russian Federation
While the Tenth Amendment has allowed much to occur at the state level, there are still many negative implications of the Federal policy to schedule cannabis as a Class 1 drug: most notably the lack of research, the ambiguity around financial services and the refusal of the VA to offer it as an alternative to the harmful opioids that are ravishing our communities.
Boehner's decision may not come as a surprise to some. Boehner had an earlier stint on a tobacco's company's board.More news: Tesla (TSLA) Upgraded to "Hold" by Jefferies Group