Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group founder and long-time proponent for marijuana’s legalization will be one of the notable speakers on a panel in D.C. this Thursday. The event, run by The Atlantic, also features the likes of Elliot Spitzer, Russel Brand, and Julian Assange.
The panel will be debating legalization and decriminalization issues ranging from Latin America to Colorado. Judging by the aforementioned names, it will be a lively and highly entertaining discussing. Judging from the release, one thing you can expect them to agree on: The Failed Drug War has to end.
Here is part of the Press Release for the event:
In the past year, Branson has stepped out as a prominent supporter of drug policy reform. His involvement with the Global Commission on Drug Policy electrified the international media and brought a new level of attention to the growing movement to end the 40-year-old war on drugs. The Global Commission is comprised of Branson, former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz, former Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Paul Volcker, the former heads of state of Brazil, Colombia, Greece, Mexico and Switzerland, and several other distinguished world leaders.
Thursday’s event comes at an especially timely moment, as the current presidents of Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Colombia are now calling for a serious dialogue about decriminalization, legalization and alternatives to the U.S.-backed war on drugs. When Vice President Biden visited the region last week, he made clear that the Obama administration firmly opposes legalization — but also acknowledged, as President Obama had in early 2011, that the topic was a legitimate subject for discussion. Nadelmann recently returned from the region, where he met with business and governmental leaders at the highest levels.
The event also comes on the heels of the launch of the new Google+ debate program — the first such event was called “It’s time to end the war on drugs” and was viewed by millions of people on Tuesday. The event featured a statement by Fernando Henrique Cardoso, former president of Brazil and chair of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, and a panel featuring Richard Branson, Russell Brand, Elliot Spitzer, Julian Assange, and several other eyebrow-raising participants. [DrugPolicy.org]
If you’re in the Washington, D.C. area, get medicated, hit the event, and prepare to have your “eyebrows raised.” With those men in the same room, the discussion will be nothing short of unintentionally hilarious.[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HeD3lxrAwWM&version=3&hl=en_US]