|Richard Branson: “I asked him if I could have a spliff. But they didn’t have any.”|
If you were at a White House state dinner and you got some face time with President Obama, what would you ask him?
“I asked him if I could have a spliff,” Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson told a crowd at The Atlantic‘s offices on Thursday, one day after attending the dinner in honor of British Prime Minister David Cameron, reports Patrick Gavin at Politico.
“But they didn’t have any,” Branson said, recounting his effort to score weed at the White House.
Branson, a longtime advocate for the legalization of marijuana — and an admitted cannabis user himself — spoke at an Atlantic Exchange panel discussion, “Benchmarking the War On Drugs.” He appeared with The Atlantic‘s Editor-At-Large Steve Clemons and Ethan Nadelmann, director of the Drug Policy Alliance.
After getting a good laugh from the crowd, Branson said that he was joking.
One audience member asked Branson if he’d be an “Al Gore of the movement” and work on a video documentary on the Drug War. Branson declined, noting his son is a far better documentarian then he could ever be.