The newly crowned Miss Universe, Olivia Culpo, isn’t afraid to speak out about controversial topics — something she said herself during a HuffPost Live chat on Thursday, when asked to address marijuana legalization and gun control.
Mitchell Williams, HuffPost Live producer, asked Culpo if she had ever smoked pot and whether or not she believes it should be legalized.
Culpo, who will give up her Miss USA crown to ascend to Miss Universe, avoided answering the first part of the question. But she told viewers that while she approves of marijuana use for medical purposes, she doesn’t believe the drug should be legalized for recreational reasons.
“It’s been proven to prevent people from their full potentional, and I don’t think that’s a good thing for society,” she said. “If we’re trying to move things forward, a drug like marijuana does the opposite. It will slow things down.”
When asked about gun control, Culpo said the recent Sandy Hook tragedy shows that the issue of guns in America needs to be addressed, though she wasn’t sure how.
“What happened recently goes to show that something does need to be done,” she said. “Exactly what, we don’t know. But at least we know there needs to be some sort of progress because the overall well-being of society is definitely our number one priority.”
The 20-year-0ld is the eighth Miss USA to receive the Miss Universe title.