Celebrity Culture: ‘Even though it’s illegal, It feels like it’s part of our culture’: MKR’s Pete Evans passionately explains why cannabis should be legalised in Australia
Published: 22:03 EDT, 12 October 2019 | Updated: 01:40 EDT, 13 October 2019
Pete Evans has long been pushing for the legalisation of medicinal cannabis in Australia, and will soon release a documentary on the issue, called The Magic Plant.
And on Sunday, the celebrity chef spoke passionately about being a proud cannabis advocate to The Gold Coast Bulletin.
The My Kitchen Rules judge, 46, told the publication: ‘I‘m a strong believer every single adult, should they chose, should legally be allowed to grow a few plants to be used as food or medicine.’
‘Even though it’s illegal, It feels like it’s part of our culture’: MKR judge Pete Evans continues to advocate to legalise cannabis in Australia
The chef, who has his own cannabis cookbook in the works, added: ‘There’s no reason why we should be able to grow this wondrous plant alongside our other herbs and plants.’
The possession, use and cultivation of small amounts of cannabis was legalised in the ACT last month, making it the first Australian jurisdiction to do so.
Under laws passed in late September, adults in the ACT will be able to grow two cannabis plants, as long as they are not grown in public or accessible to children.
Advocacy: The chef, who has his own cannabis cookbook in the works, added: ‘There’s no reason why we should be able to grow this wondrous plant alongside our other herbs and plants’
Pete told the publication: ‘Australia is one of the highest per capita users of cannabis, even though it has been illegal. It feels like it’s part of our culture.’
He added that he was hopeful and optimistic that Australia could ‘become one of the most forward-thinking nations’ by legalising cannabis nationally.
While filming his The Magic Plant documentary, the follow-up to his Netflix documentary The Magic Pill, Pete travelled to the US and Canada.
Passionate: It comes after Pete received continued public support following his comprehensive report of medical cannabis as a guest reporter on Sunday Night this year
Pete has been very open for his love of medical cannabis and CBD in the past.
He even produced his own cannabis oil during a trip to Florida, where medical cannabis legal, for a scene in the new documentary.
Netflix has not yet confirmed whether it will buy the rights to his follow-up documentary for their streaming platform.
‘They know I’ve taken many different forms of medicines and drugs’: Pete Evans has admitted he would ‘much prefer’ his daughters Chilli and Indii to use cannabis than consume alcohol
In August, Pete admitted he would ‘much prefer’ his daughters Chilli, 14, and Indii, 13, to use cannabis rather than consume alcohol when they come of age.
The celebrity chef – who backs the controversial Paleo diet – made the admission while answering a fan’s question on Instagram.
Pete has also previously said, at 46, he feels he’s in the best shape he’s ever been, physically and mentally, due to his lifestyle choices.
My Kitchen Rules will likely return to Channel Seven in January 2020
New work: Pete has been very open for his support of medical cannabis and CBD oil, even producing his own oil during a trip to Florida where medical cannabis is legal, for a scene in his new documentary The Magic Plant