Montel Touts Medical Marijuana Use

July 05, 2004

, EurWeb

(Jul. 6, 2004) *On Thursday, talk show host Montel Williams was in Washington, DC pushing for the use of medicinal marijuana for qualified patients.

The host of the 'Montel Williams Show' beseeched young congressional staffers and interns to pester their bosses to make marijuana more widely available to chronic pain sufferers.

'Go back and start looking it up yourself and understand why it is your bosses are voting against something that will do nothing but help people,'

pleaded Williams, who has taken marijuana to ease pain since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999.

'I suffer from a debilitating disease that 24 hours a day keeps me in pain,' he winced. 'I am in pain right now.'

Nine states -- Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Nevada, Oregon and Washington -- allow sick patients to smoke marijuana with a doctor's recommendation.

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