Branson wants to turn NZ into the Silicon Valley of Pot

“You should legalise it, grow it, tax it, regulate it,” he told Newshub.

“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 said he envisaged that in 10 years time cannabis will be as socially acceptable as a glass of wine.

It’s already socially acceptable.  The problem is that it is illegal.  

We can’t even grow hemp as a cash crop because we’re saddled with legislation which basically treats Marijuana the same as Methamphetamine.

We can’t even treat people’s pain and extreme tremors with non-psychoactive forms of Marijuana-derived medicines because we’re saddled with legislation which basically treats Marijuana the same as Methamphetamine.

The problem is that our parliament and its advisers are still a generation (or two) too old.  At some stage, a new flush of a younger generation will come through, and this issue will become as controversial as legal gay sex is now, and marriage equality will be in ten years.

It’s a matter of time, but I think ten years is a little keen.


– Newshub

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.