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Richard Branson

Globe & Mail interview

18 May, 2012

Branson tells the Globe and Mail that he wants brothels to be legalized, licensed and taxed, and an end to the practice of slicing the fins off sharks for shark soup and discarding the fish to die. He hopes marijuana sales will be legalized and taxed to fund social programs such as treatment centres for hard-drug users, and sees Portugal’s drug laws as an example:

In the last 10 years, they have not sent one person to prison for taking drugs and HIV infections have dropped by 50 per cent. They give out clean needles, they build treatment centres, marijuana use among young people has declined and society has saved a lot of money