Friday, 20 April, 2018

Nixon, Cuomo Offer Different Approaches to Legalizing Marijuana

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Delores Daniels | 13 April, 2018, 01:36

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". He says he believes legalizing marijuana can be helpful to the nation's veterans and as a way to help fight the US opioid drug crisis.

"In 2018, in a blue state like NY, marijuana shouldn't even be an issue", Nixon said.

Currently, eight other states and Washington, D.C., have legalized marijuana for recreational use.

Former Republican Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is also joining the board. He has supported medical marijuana, but under heavy regulations.

The article reminds us that Boehner was formerly opposed to legalization, though Weld, a moderate, has been a long-time supporter.

"The trend that we're seeing towards acceptance of cannabis has gone hand in hand with greater education and conversation around the plant, which has naturally lessened stigmatization", said Linda Gilbert, Managing Director of BDS Analytics' Consumer Insights Division.

It's not every day you see a politician in the United States explicitly calling the "war on drugs" racist, but that's something we're happy to see changing. "[If cannabis] was legalized in Jersey and it was legal in MA and the federal government allowed it to go ahead, what would that do to NY, because it's right in the middle?" he asked rhetorically.

Not only is Nixon right that marijuana should be decriminalized, both in NY and around the country, but we can't help agreeing with her assessment of the entire situation.

In a joint statement, Boehner and Weld focused on a long-standing concern among veterans and advocacy groups - federal law classifies marijuana as a Schedule I drug, the same as heroin and ecstasy.

We need to look no further than our nation's 20 million veterans, 20 percent of whom, according to a 2017 American Legion survey, reportedly use cannabis to self-treat PTSD, chronic pain and other ailments.

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