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Miss Universe doesn’t support marijuana legalization and thinks “something does need to be done” about guns

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.

 

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  1. PrincessQ says:

    I am sorry, but she apparently does not have enough education and information to make her claim that Cannabis/Marijuana prevents people from their full potential. Last I checked our POTUS smoked when he was younger and it did not prevent him from his full potential. It is ignorant statements like this that paint Cannabis in a bad light. The fact is that even our founding fathers and former Presidents have smoked Cannabis. She needs to educate herself before she speaks,

  2. Ed Wildman says:

    “It’s been proven to prevent people from their full potentional” Well, gee whiz. Now that she has given us her sage advice on how to live, maybe she’ll find time to take some remedial English classes.

  3. bobo says:

    Ms O, As does the application of cosmetics. I bet you are a daily user.

    Ms U and pageants like it keep women in the paradigm of looking appealing for what purpose ? Scholarships, etc. Skin deep baby

  4. Brax360 says:

    She needs to shut up… Nothing needs to be done about guns, something needs to be done about psychotropic drugging… you know depression pills, pills that say they treat something even though they are highly psychotropic, lets talk about the root problems of what make people with guns snap

  5. Adrian Fuentes says:

    Anymore “opinions” that infringe on other people’s prerogatives? So a pretty face makes this b!tch a sociologist? Just smile for the cameras sweetheart and shut the f~€k up.

  6. Adrian Fuentes says:

    The number one priority? What was it before? Again this chick better hope to god that those looks don’t fade. Sad day when genius over here joins the workforce. Hope she reads this.

  7. Mike says:

    I find it very very sad that you believe Miss Universe’s opinion on this matter is worth talking about. What happened to fair and balanced? Can we at least get the Rock’s opinion? Hulk Hogan? Slash? Bill Engvall? Ron White? Johnny Knoxville? KEVIN EFFING BACON?!?!?!

  8. Deafeye says:

    Alcohol prevents many ppl from getting to their full potential, so does playing World of Warcraft all day. Should we make those illegal too u idiot?

  9. David Hart says:

    The problem is not that she is wrong about cannabis use preventing people from reaching their full potential … indeed, I dare say for some minority of people that is actually the case. No, the problem is that a conviction, or even an arrest on suspicion of cannabis use can easily have more destructive effect on someone’s prospects than the use of cannabis. As can violence that would not be happening if the market for cannabis weren’t entirely in the hands of people operating outside the law. That is where she needs to educate herself. She has already defined ‘the overall well-being of society’ as the number 1 priority … it’s only reasonable that she should consider whether criminal penalties for cannabis use have a net positive or negative effect on that overall well-being.

  10. Malcolm Kyle says:

    Legally regulated (manufacture, distribution and consumption) of marijuana is coming to a state near you in 2013:

    CALIFORNIA

    “These laws just don’t make sense anymore. It’s shocking, from my perspective, the number of people that we all know who are recreational marijuana users… these are incredibly upstanding citizens: Leaders in our community, and exceptional people.”
    —Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom (preparing the way for Governor Jerry Brown to initiate proceedings to legalize and regulate marijuana through the state legislature)

    MAINE

    Maine’s legislature is moving on a legalization-and-regulation bill that could bring the state $8 million a year in new revenue.

    ”The people are far ahead of the politicians on this. Just in the past few weeks we’ve seen the culture shift dramatically.”
    —Rep. Diane Russell of Portland, District 120 (Occupation: Public Relations Consultant)

    NEVADA

    “Thinking we’re not going to have it is unrealistic. It’s just a question of how and when” assemblyman Richard (Tick) Segerblom of Las Vegas, elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012

    OREGON

    “We have decades of evidence that says prohibition does not work and it’s counterproductive. it’s a matter of dollars and common sense. There’s a source of revenue that’s reasonable that is rational that is the right policy choice for our state. We are going to get there on legalization.”
    —Peter Buckley, co-chair of the Oregon state legislature’s budget committee.

    RHODE ISLAND

    Rhode Island is also expected to legally regulate marijuana through the state legislature instead of a popular referendum.

    ”Our prohibition has failed, Legalizing and taxing it, just as we did to alcohol, is the way to do it.”
    —Rep. Edith Ajello, chairs the House Committee on Judiciary and is a member of the House Oversight Committee.

    VERMONT

    In November 2012, the state’s Democratic governor, Peter Shumlin, cruised to re-election while strongly backing marijuana decriminalization. And the city of Burlington passed a resolution in November 2012 calling for an end to prohibition – with 70 percent support.

    ALASKA

    Most Alaskans already have a clear view of things from their own back garden. Personal use and possession of Marijuana in Alaskan homes has been effectively legal since 1975

  11. spiritblood says:

    Yes! A ditsy female who uses her body for money in a legal way and has never worked for anything in her life and probably never went to college knows so much about potential! Hey feds, make sure this is on the front of every paper in the country!

  12. KC Mackey says:

    I agree with David Hart– you can get over an addiction, but you CAN’T get over a conviction. at the core of my being, i am fundamentally against drug prohibition. people should not go to prison for drugs; it’s a PUBLIC HEALTH issue, not a criminal one. this girl clearly needs to research how oppressive the entire “war on drugs” actually is. drug prohibition has never been about drugs. if you look at the history of the drug war, it’s very clearly always been used to create racial stereotypes: opium- dangerous china men will use it to rape white women; cocaine- dangerous black men will use it to rape white women; cannabis- called “marijuana” to associate it with mexican men, who will use it to rape white women… I’m not making any of this up. google the drug war; all of this information is easily accessible. drug prohibition, or the “drug war” was, is, and will always be a mechanism to enforce unjust social hierarchies based on class, race, and gender.

    cannabis is not dangerous, it’s actually scientifically proven to be significantly less dangerous than alcohol. it’s one of the most benign plants on the planet. nor does it necessarily keep people from reaching their full potential. but that doesn’t even really matter. if “miss universe” actually looked critically at reality, it’s obvious that making it illegal does more harm than good. when you make it illegal, you create a black market because people still have a demand for it. that black market creates so much danger and violence, and now cops and people have become enemies on the battleground of our own streets.

    miss universe needs a “drug war 101″ lesson PLUS a freaking reality check. and a privilege check. jesus.

  13. Axleinc says:

    THANK GOD!!! I can now sleep better knowing some chick’s worthless opinion on weed… GREAT STORY BOYS.

    1. hal mason says:

      RIGHT !!! Worthless COW!

  14. Patrick Williamson says:

    So i’m guessing that placing people in jail for smoking a bit of weed and stopping them from getting real jobs because of criminal convictions is much better for allowing them to reach their full potential. lol the only red alert is that people are actually listening to someone who’s full potential is put some makeup on and look good. i’d like to see how she’s going to help humanity in the next 10 years when she’s starting to shrivel and her boob job is sagging

  15. Ray Glass says:

    So she wouldnt state if she had ever smoked marijuana before. Sounds like she has something to hide and more than likely is on the side of the drug gangs in Mexico. Keeping marijuana illegal certainly benefits the drug gangs so I guess she is in favor of them. Wow, I cant believe it miss america siding with the drug gangs. What will she say next?

  16. hal mason says:

    STOOPID COW!< WHO cares what miss whatever thinks ,,,If she thinks at all!!!!!!

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