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Acreage Holdings is an all-purpose marijuana company that handles operations such as cannabis cultivation, processing, and managing dispensaries.

Vahan Ajamian, an analyst at Beacon Securities Ltd., has indicated that Boehner's involvement in the cannabis industry may help "legitimize" the sector and generate investor interest, the Financial Post reported.

Boehner, 68, represented Southwest Ohio from 1990 to 2015.

It appears Boehner's views have taken a 180 degree turn since leaving office. Twenty additional states allow for some form of medical marijuana.

Acreage announced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has also joined the firm's board.

Boehner's position on the advisory board is a fundamental shift from his former stance as a marijuana prohibitionist. Acreage Holdings spokesman Lewis Goldberg declined to discuss salary or benefits of its executives.

Boehner told Bloomberg that he's never tried the drug.

Legal marijuana sales topped $9 billion in 2017, according to one industry estimate.

About 61 percent of Americans said marijuana should be legalized in a Pew Research Center survey from October, compared with 31 percent in 2000.

The statement applauded state legal reforms but challenged federal authorities to do more.

"I was a little bit ahead of the field there", he said in an interview.

"Descheduling will reduce the conflict between federal policy and state programs".

Boehner's move may also give hope to the industry after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' rescission of Obama-era policies that allowed cannabis businesses to thrive in states with regulated markets.

Marijuana is still classified by the Drug Enforcement Administration as a Schedule I substance - meaning it's considered more unsafe than cocaine (Schedule II) or ketamine (Schedule III). Critics of restrictions say a tangle of federal laws that regulate research and funding have confused VA and lawmakers on what it can evaluate. "He's a tireless advocate for veterans' rights".

"With the majority of Republicans favoring legalization and states rights, it is no surprise that mainstream right-leaning politicians are beginning to gravitate towards cannabis". "There are numerous other patient groups in America whose quality of life has been dramatically improved by the state-sanctioned use of medical cannabis". About 22 percent of veteran households said they use weed for medical reasons. Boehner specifically cited the potential of medical marijuana to help stave off the opioid epidemic as a rationale for his changed thinking.