The auburn-haired beauty told judges she supports legalizing medical marijuana

By Mark Gray
June 19, 2011 11:40 PM
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Alyssa Campanella, an outgoing auburn-haired beauty from California, bested 50 other women to win the 2011 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday night in Las Vegas.

In the 60th anniversary of the Donald Trump-owned pageant, Campanella, 21, of Los Angeles, dazzled judges with her poise and looks and didn’t miss a beat when thrown a potentially tough question.

When asked if marijuana should be legalized, she said that medical marijuana should be legal, but otherwise banned.

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Campanella follows Rima Fakih and will represent the United States at Miss Universe in September.

If Campanella can t fulfill her duties, she will be replaced by Miss Tennessee, Ashley Elizabeth Durham, who was the runner-up.

Judges included Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, rapper Lil Jon, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, chef Rocco DiSpirito and actress Mariel Hemingway.

For the fourth year in a row, the contest was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.