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Billionaire and outspoken cannabis advocate advised New Zealand farmers to replace cows with cannabis. At a charity event he urged New Zealanders to legalize Marijuana.
“You should legalize it, grow it, tax it, regulate it,” Branson said.
“I think that would be wonderful because obviously the amount of dairy cows that New Zealand has is damaging the rivers, if you could put some of that land over into growing cannabis would be just as profitable for them, if not more profitable.” He added.
Branson believes that legalizing marijuana will bring an end to ‘War on Drugs’ which according to him and many other marijuana activists is a disaster and an abject failure. The prohibition of cannabis in New Zealand first took place in 1975 with the Misuse of Drug Act.
He went on to add that drugs should be decriminalized and people with drug problems should receive help.
Branson has a point about water pollution by dairy activities. The term “dirty dairying” refers to the harmful impact dairy cows have on the fresh water of New Zealand, by settling along streams and rivers. Environmental activists have fought against these practices for nearly 20 years.
In his response to Branson’s statement, William Rolleston, the President of Federated Farmers of New Zealand said, “Farmers welcome any opportunity to add another string to their bow and would look at that option if it was legal and profitable to do so.”