Howard Dean, once anti-pot, joins cannabis company board

Howard Dean

Former Gov. Howard Dean. Photo by Erin Mansfield/VTDigger

There was a time, not so long ago, when Vermont Gov. Howard Dean came down firmly on the side of the anti-marijuana crusaders.

In those days, says Dean, he felt proponents of medical marijuana were just using their support for that issue as a smokescreen for a general push toward full legalization. Dean, who served five two-year terms from 1991 to 2003 as Vermont governor, was against all of it.

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