Sir Richard Branson Says, New Zealand Farmers Should Grow Cannabis Instead of Dairy Farming

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Sir Richard had some very valuable tips for Kiwi farmers on his recent trip to New Zealand.

Among other advice in an interview with Newshub, he suggested that dairy farmers should switch over to growing Cannabis, instead of further expanding dairy operations.  

He raised environmental concerns over dairy farming and suggested that New Zealand should legalize, grow, tax and regulate Cannabis production.

Dairy farming is a huge industry in New Zealand, with 4.9 million milking cows. That is a lot of cows for a country of only 4.5 million people. 1.7 million hectares are used for dairy farming that produces 20.7 billion liters of milk a year.

Milking cows may not be as heavy on the environment as beef cattle, however, they are still damaging to the unique flora and fauna of New Zealand.

The average dairy farm is 144 hectares in size, so there is plenty of space to allocate to growing marijuana. Sir Richard might be on the money this time as well… and he does have a track record of that, with a US$4.9 billion net worth.

He also shared his wisdom at the failed war on drugs and advocated that users with drug problems should be helped.

At a charity fundraiser gala dinner at Auckland, New Zealand, he told the audience that Cannabis will be as acceptable as wine in 10 years time.

Let’s hope that he is right.

Cannabis will be as acceptable as wine in 10 years time.

The Cannabis message seems to be high on Sir Richard’s agenda. Last July, at Chicago’s McCormick Place, at a business event he suggested that parents should smoke Cannabis with their children.

“If they’re going to have a joint, do it with them, Don’t let them sneak off and do it on their own.”

Let’s hope that the world will listen to someone like him and also that we see more and more influential people supporting the cause of Cannabis.


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Krisztian Panczel

Krisztian Panczel

I am stoked to be able to write for greendorphin.com as I’ve been passionate about the Cannabis plant in its every form since I was 14 years old. I have a bachelor degree of Agricultural Science and have studied plant production for 8 years. Meanwhile, I learned so much about plants that it was hard to miss the outstanding (quite incredible) qualities of this hugely versatile plant. After university I went on to build a career and recently I had the opportunity to return to this most passionate area of my life and have been writing about a wide variety of topics on Cannabis and Hemp.

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