Boehner Sees The Light
John Boehner, who most of us know better as the U.S. Speaker of the House from 2011 to 2015, openly opposed the legalization of marijuana during his time in congress. But since retiring, he’s mellowed out a little, and he’s changing his tune. In March, during a keynote seminar at South by Southwest, he said the government “just needs to get out of the way” of the burgeoning legal marijuana industry. He went on to say, “the world is changing and the federal government hasn’t caught up.”
Boehner went on to describe conversations he’s had with his fellow Americans, whose opinions have evolved over the years. During his time in congress, the general public tended to be suspicious of cannabis, but now seem better educated and more receptive to its potential benefits. After clarifying that he has never used cannabis personally, Boehner described the potential benefits of legalizing domestic cannabis production, saying:
“We are in the very, very early stages of what is going to be a huge industry. This industry is going to grow exponentially over the next 10 to 20 years.”
So far, medical marijuana has been legalized in 34 states, with recreational usage permitted in 10 states. Boehner’s home state of Texas has legalized neither, but he believes it’s only a matter of time before it’s fully legalized throughout the country.