02
Jun
11

RICHARD BRANSON IS WORRIED ABOUT DRUGS

I often fantasize about what I would do if I had billions of dollars. And for as much as I’d like to think that I would fund research or global peace initiatives, the reality is that I would most likely become some kind of megalomaniacal supervillain against whom the nations of the planet would unite to defeat.

In all likelihood, though, the worst they would do is issue a report. Because that’s what you do when you’re obscenely wealthy or influential. You issue reports.

“The global war on drugs has failed,” said a report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy released Thursday. The report calls for a frank dialogue on the issue and encourages governments to experiment with the regulation of drugs, especially marijuana.

The 19-member commission draws from a broad political spectrum: former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan; former NATO Secretary General Javier Solana; and former presidents Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico, Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil and Cesar Gaviria of Colombia—all countries that have faced brutal drug violence.

Former Secretary of State George Shultz and former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker are members of the commission, as are writers Carlos Fuentes and Mario Vargas Llosa.

The Global Commission is funded by member Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Group Ltd., George Soros’s Open Society Foundation, the Instituto Fernando Henrique Cardoso and the Centro Edelstein de Pesquisas Sociais in Brazil.” – THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

You can read the entire report here. Or you can just forget about it and go play video games, which is pretty much what I did. Nothing personal against the guy but I really can’t stand Richard Branson. It’s an old dislike that goes way back. I pretty much want him to fail in everything he does so I’m probably not the best person to offer an unbiased opinion about him or his idiot causes.

Of course the War on Drugs isn’t working. It was never meant to work, as they say, it was meant to be continued. So many people make so much money from drugs that it’s never going to change. And there’s always going to be a market for it. The only question becomes who is going to profit from it.

I think legalized pot would generate a lot of revenue for the government. On the other hand I have a feeling that the best pot growers in the country would eventually get put out of business by big companies and you’d have to rely on Target or WalMart to buy grass. And it would suck like cheap beer or softcore porn.

Still, it’s only pot. Alcohol does way more damage to society. And as for most other drugs, well, yeah I think they should be fucking illegal. Are you kidding me? I’ve never heard a great success story that began with meth or heroin. Like “His path to the Presidency began with sucking cock for crank…” or “Her pioneering work in disease research started with some rock and an eight ball…”

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