Scoop: John Boehner announcing lobbying group for cannabis reform

Former House Speaker John Boehner this morning will announce the National Cannabis Roundtable, an industry-funded group to lobby for cannabis reform, including changes affecting medical research, banking and taxes.

  • "As the cannabis industry grows and matures, it’s vital that we work together for a common-sense legal framework for cannabis policy,” Boehner says in a forthcoming release.

The group has seven founding companies, including Acreage Holdings, where he's on the board.

The vaping company that spun out Juul is raising more money

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A man vaping. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Pax Labs, the marijuana vaporizer company that spun out Juul in 2017, is raising a small amount of new funding at a valuation of between $500 million and $600 million. It's unclear if this is a new series of stock or an extension of Pax's insider round from last October.

The big picture: Several of the investors are expected to be new, including a number of professional athletes. That last part could prove tricky, given the marijuana usage rules of most U.S. professional sports leagues. The company, which didn't respond to a request for comment, also is telling prospective investors that it plans to raise a $100 million round later this year at a valuation north of $1 billion.

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