Ex-House Speaker Boehner: Govt should ‘get out of the way of marijuana’

Former House Speaker John Boehner says the government needs to “get out of the way of marijuana.”

In an interview with WCPO published on Monday, Boehner said since he left Congress and did some more research on marijuana, he found that “there’s a lot of evidence that it works.”

Stories of sick children being helped by medical marijuana moved him, Boehner said.

“When you look at kids with epilepsy … they’re taking the non-psychotic part of this plant and reducing the number of seizures they have.”

After being a longtime marijuana opponent, Boehner made headlines in April when he made a drastic switch on his position on cannabis.

He now sits on the advisory board of Acreage Holdings, a cannabis company operating in 11 states. However, his full-time job is at a law firm Squire Patton Boggs in Washington.

Boehner said he had conversations about medical marijuana with men and women who served in the military.

“Even with chronic pain, or veterans with PTSD, they ought to be able to have access to medical marijuana because we believe it actually helps them.”

However, universities can’t thoroughly research marijuana since it is listed as a Schedule 1 drug at a federal level.

“When you look at the states where medical marijuana is pretty prevalent, the use of opioids is down 25 percent.”

Boehner also supported the recreational use of marijuana.

“If the states decide they want to do this, this is up to them, but I am not going to be an advocate on what the states should and should not do,” he said.

“That’s clearly up to them.”