I have always been a Montel Williams fan ever since I watched his talk show as a teenager. As it would happen, the first episode I ever watched of his talk show was about medical marijuana. The guests were federal medical marijuana patients. Since the airing of that show in the 1990's, Montel himself has become a registered medical marijuana patient. Montel Williams suffers from multiple sclerosis. He has been traveling the country speaking in favor of medical marijuana.
Recently Montel Williams traveled to Missouri to support HB 800, the 'Missouri Compassionate Care Act.' The Show-Me Cannabis campaign has been working hard in the State of Missouri to bring reform, and infusing Montel Williams into the equation can only help. Montell stated the following, per The Missouri Times:
"I've been involved in over 14 of the states that have passed medical cannabis laws in this country in the last 14 years because I suffer from MS, it's the only thing that has given me relief from some of my symptoms," Williams said. "As I go around the country trying to lobby for medical cannabis, it's honestly been --- not hijacked --- but turned into something else. It's been turned into 'selling weed' around America."
Williams said that he viewed the issue at least in part as an equal rights fight.
"I will continue to lobby every state in this country to implement a medical cannabis law and distribution system," Williams said. "Because I have a right to the same level of efficacy of treatment of my medication as you do if you go get a Vicodin."
The people responsible for legalizing recreational marijuana in Oregon are also members of the Show-Me Cannabis campaign, and I have vowed to do everything I can to support their efforts. As a person who is about to plant his first legal recreational marijuana plants, it's the least I can do to return the favor. If you live in Missouri, get active with the Show-Me Cannabis campaign, and urge your legislator to support HB 800. I want to extend a very special thank you to Montel Williams for all he has done for the cause. I hear he's filming a documentary about the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Missouri, and I can't wait to watch it.