Potheads rejoice: you just got a powerful ally in the crusade to make your smoking habit less illegal than it already is. The newly crowned Miss USA, 21-year-old Califorian Alyssa Campanella, said on live television she’s in favor of the herbal remedy, so long as it’s used only for medicinal purposes.
Campanella took the crown last night at the 60th annual Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas, but the question-and-answer portion wasn’t your standard beauty pageant fare. During the preliminary round of questioning, everyone was asked whether or not evolution should be taught in schools. Campanella, who describes herself as a “huge science geek,” was one of two contestants to answer that yes, it absolutely should be.
But when it came to ask the final four contestants questions on air, the judges didn’t pull any punches. While Miss Tennessee was asked if burning of religious documents should be protected as free speech, Miss Texas was asked what advice she’d give to Anthony Weiner‘s wife Huma Abedin. Queen Campanella’s answer went to pot:
“Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,” she said. “I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war. I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”
And that answer was OK with the judges, too, because Campanella took home the crown. Watch all four final contestants answering their questions below, and tell us if you think she should have won.