Former Speaker Boehner says US lawmakers ‘way out of step’ on cannabis

Former House Speaker John Boehner told CNBC on Friday that U.S. lawmakers are behind the times on cannabis legalization.

“It’s clear this market is going to expand. And as it does, lawmakers in Washington have to look up and realize that the federal government is way out of step,” Boehner said from the SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. “It’s time for the federal government to get out of the way.”

Since leaving national politics in 2015, the former Republican leader has joined the board of Acreage Holdings, a publicly traded, multistate cannabis company based in New York…

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