The legalization of marijuana is such a hot topic that even Olivia Culpo, the newly crowned Miss Universe, is weighing in on its merits. Culpo is the first American to win the title in fifteen years -- and she's now representing a country where recreational pot is legal in two states. Medical marijuana is fine, she said in an interview, but recreational pot is bad -- and will stop people from reaching their full potential.
Here's the video, from the Huffington Post:
When asked about marijuana, she says:
I think that...marijuana for medical purposes is understandable, but I don't think that it should be legalized for recreational purposes, because it's been proven to prevent people from their full potential. And I don't think that's a good thing for society. If we're trying to move things forward, a drug like marijuana does the opposite. It will slow things down. And once again, for medical purposes I think it's great, but for everyday, no.
Her comments come as a Colorado task force begins its research on how to actually legalize marijuana in the state -- and some of the governor-appointed members of that group share Culpo's concerns that legal pot is bad for society.
Culpo, a twenty-year-old Boston University sophomore from Rhode Island, did not address the part of the interviewer's question that asked whether she had ever smoked pot.
If you like this story, consider signing up for our email newsletters.
SHOW ME HOW
But before moving on to a different topic, she acknowledged that recreational marijuana could have some benefits. She said, "It's not gonna do anything. Except for the economy, I understand that, but I don't think it's a good idea."