Branson: Parents should join kids who insist on smoking pot

FILE - In this Sept. 28, 2015, file photo, Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group and Virgin Unite, participates in a discussion on "Looking to the Next Frontier" at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York. The Chicago Tribune reports Branson told a Chicago audience on July 26, 2016, that parents should smoke marijuana with their children. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

CHICAGO (AP) – British billionaire Richard Branson says if kids are going to smoke marijuana, their parents should join them.

The Chicago Tribune reports  the Virgin Group founder told an audience of entrepreneurs in Chicago on Tuesday that if their kids are “going to have a joint, do it with them.” He adds, “Don’t let them sneak off and do it on their own.”

The 66-year-old father of two was responding to a question about how he ensured his children learned values.

The eccentric businessman told GQ in 2007 that he had smoked marijuana with his son, saying “I’d rather my son did it in front of me than behind closed doors.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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