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Will John Boehner’s Growing Family Change His Mind About Marijuana Policy?


John Boehner marijuana cannabis son in law rastafarianThe more people you know who use marijuana, the harder it becomes to say that they should be arrested for possessing it. After all, the vast majority of marijuana users are productive and otherwise law-abiding members of society. This fact has become increasingly evident as more and more people come out of the “cannabis closet” and become open about their experiences with the substance.

Last Friday, House Speaker John Boehner’s daughter Lindsay married Dominic Lakhan, a Jamaican-born construction worker. Lakhan was arrested for possession of a small amount of marijuana in 2006.

Is it possible that Boehner, who has consistently opposed marijuana policy reform, will start to come around now that he has a convicted marijuana user for a son-in-law? Does he think Lakhan is better off with an arrest record or that Lakhan deserves to be arrested again for using marijuana? Would he care about how it affects his daughter? Only time will tell.

Let’s hope his experience is similar to that of Republican Senator Rob Portman, who changed his stance on gay marriage after learning that his son is gay. While this position initially caused a slight loss in approval among Republicans in his state, the growing acceptance of gay marriage (which has been nearly mirrored by the increasing support for marijuana policy reform) could actually help him in the long run.

Politicians’ thinking traditionally lags far behind the general public on social issues, but it gets a little harder to ignore when that thinking hurts your own family.

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  1. It will take a lot more than that to wean Boehner off the prohibition money pie. It’s exponentially larger than most people realize.

    For a good view underneath the iceburg, see Catherine Austin Fitts’ excellent article: “Narco Dollars For Beginners.” – keeping in mind that while Fitts employs cocaine because it best suits her metaphor, FBI statistics show marijuana sales comprise 80 percent of all “illegal” drug transactions.


  2. Marijuana is only illegal for them to make money off of innocent people and ruin their lives. He smokes cigarettes. I do too. But, he would not want someone telling him he couldn’t . We are adults , and we should have the right to make our own decisions. He can enforce the law in his own family, But, he should keep his nose out of other peoples lives.

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