Before she was crowned Miss Universe 2018, Philippines Catriona Gray was asked her opinions on marijuana legalization. Gray didn’t hold back, showing support for medical marijuana on the global stage.
“I’m for it being used in a medical use. But not so for recreational use,” Gray said Sunday. “Because I think if people were to argue, ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well, everything is good but in moderation.”
The statement was heard in the Philippines, where lawmakers are considering legalizing medical marijuana. The Philippine Compassionate Medical Cannabis Act, which would legalize cannabis for medical purposes, currently awaits action before the House of Representatives. However, one lawmaker believes Gray’s comments could spur support for the bill and influence legislators.
“We are certain her (Gray’s) statement during the pageant will convince Congress to expedite passage of HB 6517 into law,” House Deputy Majority Leader Ron Salo told ABS-CBN News.
Earlier this month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte caused controversy after joking he sometimes uses marijuana to help him stay awake. The joke was not taken in jest, as Duterte’s bloody War on Drugs has claimed more than 12,000 deaths, according to conservative estimates.