Lock your doors, shut your blinds and hide your kids. There’s a danger lurking about that’s menacing suburban, rural and urban communities alike: hypocritical politicians trying to get rich off the nation’s burgeoning marijuana industry.
Beware. The list is long and growing.
After years of blocking cannabis proposals and deriding the plant, former House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, became the most high profile hypocrite when he — along with former Massachusetts governor and now long-shot presidential candidate Bill Weld — joined the board of the Canadian marijuana firm Acreage Holdings.
Both men reportedly have 625,000 shares of the firm, which could sell for around $3 billion; according to The New York Times, each man could net as much as $20 million. Still, Boehner denies his new position on marijuana is motivated purely by profit.