SIR Richard Branson claims the best way for Spain to solve its economic problems is by legalising cannabis.
The 61-year-old Virgin boss said tax from sales of the drug would ‘help the country get back on its feet’.
The billionaire tycoon also praised the Spanish town of Rasquera’s ‘great idea’ after it rented out public land to a cannabis growers’ association, as reported in the Olive Press.
Branson was in Spain to accept the Cannabis Culture Award 2012 on behalf of the Global Commission on Drug Policy, of which he is a member.
The commission – which counts former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan among its members – wants to decriminalise drug use ‘for people who do no harm to others’.
Branson attended the launch of the world’s largest cannabis museum in Barcelona, which features 6,000 exhibits chronicling the drug’s history and uses.
Earlier this year the Briton claimed to have jokingly asked US President Barack Obama if he could have a spliff while attending a state dinner at the White House.