Entrepreneur and billionaire Richard Branson supports cannabis growing. He says New Zealand farmers should replace their cows with cannabis. Not only will it be much more lucrative, he says, but it makes much better sense from an environmental perspective.
Sir Branson visited New Zealand recently and met the current and former Prime Ministers, Bill English and John Key. The Independent reports on the outspoken Sir Branson who is famous for innovation and his adventurous business strategies. He also supports up-and-coming entrepreneurs with great enthusiasm and speaks out against the war on drugs.
War on drugs leaves devastation
Branson says communities across the globe have been devastated by brutal violence for decades through the oppressive and futile war on drugs. It has only brought rampant violence, full prisons, and corruption. He calls the war on drugs an epic and costly failure, saying it is high time to employ a new initiative and decide on a new course of action. Battling drugs shouldn’t cause more harm than the drugs themselves do.
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Branson supports cannabis in high-level talks
Sir Richard is part of the international Global Commission on Drug Policy. It consists of experts aiming to minimize the harm and impact drugs have on people and communities. He has also commented at the Special Session on drug policy held by the UN General Assembly, making a promise to redouble his efforts to help and support societies across the globe to reform drug policies in a positive way.
Police still fight marijuana
The New Zealand Police Force website claims cannabis is one of the most popular illegal drugs in the country. They are committed to reducing use by disrupting the supply. Punishment for possession could range from a fine of $NZ 500 to up to 14 years in jail if caught supplying or manufacturing any cannabis or cannabis-derived products.
When Sir Branson spoke to New Zealand’s Newshub he said: “You should legalize it, grow it, tax it, regulate it.” He said he sees a very significant and prosperous future for dairy farmers if they could use some of their land to plant cannabis. Intensive cattle farming is damaging the rivers, he said.
Swap cow for cannabis
Richard Branson is convinced Kiwis should swap their cows for cannabis. This makes sense. When land is cleared for cattle, the soil gets depleted, and the biodiversity is erased. Cannabis is not only great for restoring damaged soil, but is a pioneer plant that creates a kinder environment for wild plants, insects, and animals.
A pioneer plant is the first plant that should be planted to restore the indigenous flora of an area. It literally brings back the birds and the bees. Pioneer plants revive the indigenous ecosystem by providing shelter for other plants and by preparing the soil for them.
Cannabis more likely to help than harm
The facts support Sir Branson. Combating cannabis is simply a waste of time and energy. It does more harm to society than good. A look at countries and US states that have legalized marijuana shows that legalization is followed by lucrative business, not social anarchy. Branson supports cannabis and so should we. Could this plant heal the planet?