Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella on Thursday called marijuana a “game changers” drug, while also warning that he would not support legislation to legalize medical marijuana in the United States.
Speaking at the National Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries conference, Nadell said that while he has personally “always had medical marijuana” in his family, the company has a different view on the issue.
“We’ve been trying to work through it with our partners in the industry, and we have a lot of experience in that space, and in that respect, I think that’s a game changer,” Nadelly said.
Nadella, who joined Microsoft in 2001 and became the company’s first chief executive in 2007, said the company was not opposed to the legalization of medical marijuana.
“If that’s something that can be done and there’s some evidence that it can be useful for some people, that’s not a problem.
But if we want to be responsible stewards of the human experience, then we need to be very clear that we’re going to treat everyone with respect and compassion,” Nidell said.
Microsoft is a leading global technology company and has more than $80 billion in revenues and a $100 billion cash hoard.