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A New Marijuana Lobbying Effort Just Sprung Up in D.C. With John Boehner at Its Head

WASHINGTON — Proponents of ending the federal ban on marijuana have picked up a powerful ally.

The National Cannabis Roundtable will be spearheaded by former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who already is involved in the marijuana business as a member of the board of advisors of Acreage Holdings, one of the nation’s largest cannabis cultivation, retail and real estate companies.

Boehner will provide advice and serve as honorary chairman of the roundtable.

“The states have led on this,” Boehner said Friday in a conference call with reporters. “The federal government is lagging behind.”

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