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Former Speaker John Boehner joins marijuana company

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Former House Speaker John Boehner. Photo: Tom Williams / CQ Roll Call via Getty Images

Former House Speaker John Boehner announced Wednesday that he is joining Acreage Holdings, which cultivates, processes, and dispenses legal marijuana in the U.S.

Why it matters: In 2011, Boehner came out against marijuana legalization, and today's announcement indicates a normalizing of the marijuana industry, despite attacks led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.