Former House Speaker John Boehner chairs new marijuana lobby group

Feb. 8 (UPI) — Former Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced the National Cannabis Roundtable Friday, a lobby group aimed at getting federal restrictions removed for marijuana growth and use.

Boehner, who was House speaker from 2011 to 2015, will serve a chair of the roundtable that represents legal marijuana businesses in 23 states and the District of Columbia, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported.

The former congressman from suburban Cincinnati, a Catholic social conservative, became a player in the industry last April when he joined the board of Acreage Holdings, one of the largest U.S. cannabis companies. Acreage Holdings is one of the founding members of the roundtable.

Boehner said he will act as an adviser for the roundtable and not a registered lobbyist. He opposed legalized marijuana when he served in Congress, but said his “thinking on cannabis has evolved since.”

“As the

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