Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray supports the medical use of marijuana. However, this is still illegal in her home country Philippines.
“Canada recently joined Uruguay as the second nation in the world to make marijuana legal,” Miss Universe 2018 coronation night host Steve Harvey read the Top 5 question for Gray. “What is your opinion on the legalization of marijuana?”
“I’m for the medical use (of marijuana) but not so much (for its) recreational use because I think, if people were to argue, (they would ask,) ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?'” Gray answered. “Everything is good but in moderation. Thank you.”
Gray went on to be crowned Miss Universe 2018 by Demi-Leigh Ne-Peters of South Africa. Hailing from Oas, Albay, the Filipino-Australian model and singer is the fourth Miss Philippines to win the Miss Universe title.
Under the administration of President Rodrigo Dueterte, the Philippine government has been controversial during the past few years due to its radical take on war on drugs.
With its policy aimed at the killing of illegal drug personalities, the Philippine government has been accused of systematic extrajudicial executions and has been widely criticized locally and internationally. However, the policy is supported not only by many Filipinos but also by leaders and representatives of China, Japan, the United States and other powerful countries.
On November 23, 2018, the National Assembly of South Korea approved the Amendment to the Narcotics Control Act to approve the medical use of marijuana. This made the country known for its K-pop culture the first one in East Asia to legalize medical cannabis.
On December 11, 2018, New Zealand allowed for much broader medical marijuana use through the amendment of the Misuse of Drugs Act. But the opposition National party has something to say about the move.
“We support medicinal cannabis but strongly oppose the smoking of loose leaf cannabis in public,” The Guardian quoted the National party’s spokesperson on health Shane Reti. “Smoked loose leaf is not a medicine.”
While Uruguay and Canada are the only countries where recreational cannabis is legal, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Peru, Poland, Sri Lanka and the United Kingdom have legalized medical cannabis use. In Miss Universe 2018, Miss Poland Magdalena Swat and Miss Canada Marta Stepien made it to the Top 20 and the Top 10, resepectively.
Meanwhile, here is Dr. Mehmet Cengiz Öz talking about medical marijuana: