Richard Branson: It’s Time To End The War On Drugs

Richard Branson. Photo: David Shankbone (CC)

Richard Branson. Photo: David Shankbone (CC)

The billionaire businessman shows a hint of his counterculture roots by joining the call for an end to the war on (some) drugs, on his Virgin blog:

Visited Portugal, as one of the Global Drug Commissioners, to congratulate them on the success of their drug policies over the last 10 years.

Ten years ago the Portuguese Government responded to widespread public concern over drugs by rejecting a “war on drugs” approach and instead decriminalized drug possession and use. It further rebuffed convention by placing the responsibility for decreasing drug demand as well as managing dependency under the Ministry of Health rather than the Ministry of Justice. With this, the official response towards drug-dependent persons shifted from viewing them as criminals to treating them as patients.

Now with a decade of experience Portugal provides a valuable case study of how decriminalization coupled with evidence-based strategies can reduce drug consumption, dependence, recidivism and HIV infection and create safer communities for all.

I will set out clearly what I learned from my visit to Portugal and would urge other countries to study this:

In 2001 Portugal became the first European country to officially abolish all criminal penalties for personal possession of drugs, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines…

[continues at his Virgin blog]

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  • Chonger

    Wow, he looks really stoned in that picture. He must have access to the best shit.

  • Chonger

    Wow, he looks really stoned in that picture. He must have access to the best shit.

  • truth hurts

    does anybody really give a shit what this douchebag thinks? 

  • truth hurts

    does anybody really give a shit what this douchebag thinks? 

    • Guest

      No. Who care what rich people think anyway?

  • RedHerring

    No. Who care what rich people think anyway?

  • Anarchy Pony

    I don’t really care what Branson thinks, that being said though, he is right about this.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I don’t really care what Branson thinks, that being said though, he is right about this.

  • rtb61

    So which is worse the delusion of happiness through mass consumption or happiness through drugs ie. eat the planet or blow a joint.
    No, a case of the muchies does not equal the consumption or the pollution of a mansion, mega yacht, super car, private jet and, enough jewellery to choke a pig, a pollution pus hog in fact.

  • Anonymous

    So which is worse the delusion of happiness through mass consumption or happiness through drugs ie. eat the planet or blow a joint.
    No, a case of the muchies does not equal the consumption or the pollution of a mansion, mega yacht, super car, private jet and, enough jewellery to choke a pig, a pollution pus hog in fact.

  • Unknown.

    Ridicule all you’d like, but it’s a step in the right direction when people like him start criticizing bullshit drug policies.

  • Unknown.

    Ridicule all you’d like, but it’s a step in the right direction when people like him start criticizing bullshit drug policies.

  • BuzzCoastin

    the US war on drugs is very profitable for the 1%
    as is almost any war
    they are unlikely to give up those profits
    based on common sense or facts

    Branson would truly be a virgin
    if he called out the CIA drug smugglers
    and demand that freedom of choice prevail over totalitarian laws
    not gonna happen till after the revolution
     

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    the US war on drugs is very profitable for the 1%
    as is almost any war
    they are unlikely to give up those profits
    based on common sense or facts

    Branson would truly be a virgin
    if he called out the CIA drug smugglers
    and demand that freedom of choice prevail over totalitarian laws
    not gonna happen till after the revolution
     

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Richard Branson can go suck corporate cock. On another note, congratutalions to portugal for taking a more sensible approach to drug policy. We all wish you well. If only other western countries could follow suit. If america would end its “war on drugs” forcing 3rd world countries into making harsh penalties for trafficking, supplying, and using, the world would be a better place.

  • Monkey See Monkey Do

    Richard Branson can go suck corporate cock. On another note, congratutalions to portugal for taking a more sensible approach to drug policy. We all wish you well. If only other western countries could follow suit. If america would end its “war on drugs” forcing 3rd world countries into making harsh penalties for trafficking, supplying, and using, the world would be a better place.

  • Anon

    great comments today!  Rich you go spend the free money we the tax payers gave you in the form of a cheap bank buy out you orrid little weasel and leave the stating of the real facts to real people.

  • Anon

    great comments today!  Rich you go spend the free money we the tax payers gave you in the form of a cheap bank buy out you orrid little weasel and leave the stating of the real facts to real people.

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