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Acreage Holdings is an investment company with a well-established footprint in the cannabis industry, Acreage operates in 11 states and has a diverse portfolio in the marijuana industry that includes cultivation, processing, and dispensing operations.

Nixon says if there was more "political courage" in Albany, the drug would already be legal.

"So far this is clearly the most comprehensive medical marijuana bill we've seen", said Ken Wolski, executive director of the Coalition for Medical Marijuana New Jersey.

Marijuana may soon be legalized in the Hudson Valley if one candidate has her way.

Boehner said that he had a change of perspective after he saw how well marijuana worked for his close friend who was struggling with severe back pain. The company also announced that former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld has joined its advisory board. Furthermore, Boehner said he has spent years studying the issues facing the criminal justice system in the country, which makes him believe that legalization makes sense now.

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"I made a decision to get involved because of the struggles of our country's veterans and the opioid epidemic, after learning how descheduling the drug can potentially help with both crises", said Boehner, now 68.

"The simple truth is, for white people, the use of marijuana has effectively been legal for a long time". Yet the VA does not allow its doctors to recommend its usage.

Unlike Boehner, Weld has been consistently advocating for medical cannabis since 1992, and supported his home state's legalization of recreational marijuana in 2016. They list consequences as impeding research and preventing the Department of Veterans Affairs from offering the drug to vets as an alternative to opioids. In 2011, during his first term as Speaker, Boehner wrote that he was against the "legalization of marijuana" and "concerned that legalization will result in increased abuse of all varieties of drugs", NORML reports.

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