You should probably smoke weed with your kids, according to Richard Branson. Branson was speaking at a business conference called the Sage Summit in Chicago when he decided it’d be a good time to advocate for familial weed smoking.
“If they’re going to have a joint, do it with them,” Branson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “Don’t let them sneak off and do it on their own.”
Branson has two kids, and he’s revealed in the past that he sometimes smokes weed with his adult son.
“I haven’t tried skunk,” Branson said in a 2007 GQ interview. “I have smoked cannabis though. I mean, I went with my son on his gap year, for God’s sake. We learnt to surf and had some nights where we laughed our heads off for eight hours.”
He said in the same interview that he learned how to properly roll a joint from the Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. What a lucky guy.
Branson also mentioned during the business conference that he’s on the global drug commission, and he believe drug addiction is “a health problem and not a criminal problem.” Branson is a well known as a marijuana user, and he isn’t too shy about it, regardless of where he is.
During a White House dinner in 2012, Branson asked if President Obama had a spliff he could smoke. “I asked him if I could have a spliff,” Branson said. “But they didn’t have any.”
Branson has also admitted to having smoked weed with the famous reggae musician Peter Tosh. He said in an interview from earlier this year that a long time ago he wanted to sign Peter Tosh to Virgin Records. He lived in the Caribbean, so he went to Tosh’s house to see if he could convince him.
Tosh let Branson into the house after days of him coming back over and over, and Tosh had Branson smoke with him for hours to see if he could handle it. Eventually, Tosh agreed to sign to Virgin and put out the famous pro-marijuana song “Legalize It.” It’s safe to say Branson’s place in the marijuana history books is secure.
During a trip to Colorado earlier this year, Branson also toured a substance abuse facility to see how Colorado’s putting its marijuana money to use. That’s just further evidence he takes reforming drug laws seriously.
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