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John Boehner Joins Federal Cannabis Lobbying Group

The former Republican House Speaker continues his pro-cannabis change of heart after being appointed the “honorary” chairman of lobbying group the National Cannabis Roundtable.

Full story after the jump.

Former Speaker of the House John Boehner (R) has been appointed an honorary chairman of a newly-formed pro-cannabis lobbying group, The Hill reports.

The National Cannabis Roundtable, formed on Friday, aims to help develop cannabis policy on the federal level. The group aims to solve things such as banking access and roadblocks to cannabis research. The National Cannabis Roundtable was formed by companies including the Liaison Group, HDMK Public Affairs and Square Patton Boggs, and Acreage Holdings — where Boehner is already a board member.

Boehner will not be a lobbyist but will rather serve as an advisor for the group. Since leaving government, Boehner has become strongly supportive of the cannabis industry, saying that his beliefs related to cannabis have “evolved.” He has even started selling advice about making cannabis investments as the industry goes mainstream.

The National Cannabis Roundtable will be one more voice for the end of cannabis prohibition, which already includes groups like the Cannabis Trade Federation.

“As the cannabis industry grows and matures, it’s vital that we work together for a common-sense legal framework for cannabis policy,” Boehner said in a press release.

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