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Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 01/20/2011

Montel Williams lends support to Maryland's medical marijuana effort

By Ann Marimow

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Former talk show host and local celebrity, Montel Williams, will lend his support to efforts to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland. Williams, who grew up in Baltimore, has become a national advocate for medical marijuana since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis more than a decade ago.

Williams, who has sought treatment at Johns Hopkins Hospital, will join the bill's sponsors - Sen. David R. Brinkley (R-Frederick) and Del. Dan K. Morhaim (D-Baltimore County) - at a press conference Monday in Annapolis. Williams has spoken out in other states about his use of medical marijuana to relieve chronic pain caused by his illness.

Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have laws on the books that allow marijuana use for medical purposes. Last year, the Maryland Senate passed legislation with bipartisan support, but the measure stalled in the House in part because of concerns about the political implications in an election year.

By Ann Marimow  | January 20, 2011; 2:41 PM ET
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"Mountain get out of my way" This is my take away from one of Montels speaches when I was in elementary school more than twenty years ago.....in this case the mountain is Joe Vallario. Good luck this year!

Posted by: critical2 | January 20, 2011 3:49 PM | Report abuse

"Mountain get out of my way" This is my take away from one of Montels speaches when I was in elementary school more than twenty years ago.....in this case the mountain is Joe Vallario. Good luck this year!

Posted by: critical2 | January 20, 2011 3:50 PM | Report abuse

The vast majority of problems attributed to marijuana are actually problems directly and completely caused by marijuana PROHIBITION!

How many more lives have to be ruined by marijuana PROHIBITION before We The People step up and legalize marijuana?

THE LAWS PROHIBITING MARIJUANA ARE NOT A RESULT OF ANY HARM FROM MARIJUANA. THEY ARE THE RESULT OF LIES, GREED and racism. Read the well documented proof of that and a lot more marijuana TRUTH in these two articles: “MARIJUANA AND HEMP THE UNTOLD STORY, Thomas J. Bouril” and “WHY IS MARIJUANA ILLEGAL, Pete Guither”, click the links to those articles on this webpage:
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No matter which side of this issue you’re on PLEASE read the two articles linked above. It’s almost certain you’ll learn things about marijuana and marijuana prohibition that you never knew before.

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND REGULATE IT LIKE POTATOES, TOMATOES, CORN OR ANY OTHER SAFE NATURAL PLANT/CROP!... NO NEW TAXES!

Legalize marijuana and stop funding criminals, gangsters, illegal aliens and terrorists with hundreds of Billions in tax free $ every year. “When you fund something you get more of it” (Ron Paul). Does anyone really think we need more criminals, gangsters, illegal aliens and terrorists?

Posted by: tocwc | January 20, 2011 7:53 PM | Report abuse

Why is the most useful plant known illegal? It’s illegal because corporations that buy politicians fear competition from superior, safer and more environmentally friendly hemp products and because the Government loves to oppress jail and steal from the people! Alcohol, tobacco, petroleum, cotton, timber, chemical and pharmaceutical companies, just to name a few, all see marijuana as unwanted competition. The best way for We The People to regain our Constitutional rights and liberties is to demand a complete ban on corporate lobbying. We are supposed to have Government of, for and by THE PEOPLE, not of, for and by corporations! Corporations are NOT people!

Marijuana does not cause aggressive behavior. Marijuana does not cause dangerous driving. Marijuana does not cause cancer, brain damage or any serious health problems. Marijuana prohibition does not keep kids away from marijuana, illegal dealers don’t ask for ID. Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, there is absolutely NOTHING about marijuana that causes people to use other drugs. Marijuana is not addictive. In fact marijuana is one of the safest substances known! Marijuana is SAFER than many foods we consume and give to our kids all the time! Exactly what good is this prohibition doing and who is benefiting from it?

LEGALIZE MARIJUANA AND DO NOT TAX IT! DON'T FEED BIG GOVERNMENT!

Posted by: tocwc | January 20, 2011 7:56 PM | Report abuse

I'm moving from Connecticut to Maryland. And hope that Maryland will pass some kind of law. I was just diagnosed with gastroparesis and ever since my friend told me to try marijuana, I was able to alleviate my symptoms. I've been doing an experiment and without marijuana, I find that I'm sick all the time and am not able to eat much of anything just drinking ensure mostly. But when I smoke it, I'm able to eat mostly anything and I'm not throwing up all the time. And I'm not drastically losing weight. I know a lot of people are against as they think "DRUG" but really I don't see it that way. It's not like cocaine or heroine or any other manufactured drug. I get no side affects from it. I'm even taking less of my ambien as I have trouble sleeping. Smoking is actually helping me take less of the ambien. I don't smoke it to get high like most do, but I do have a reversible disease of the stomach which helps me. I didn't start smoking marijuana till i was diagnosed which was back in summer of 2010 so what does that tell you.

Posted by: VoteDemocrat | January 20, 2011 9:31 PM | Report abuse

The Medical Marijuana Assistance Program of America (MMAPA) applauds the efforts of Montel Williams for raising awareness for Medical Marijuana (MMJ) patients across America. Patient access should be priority one!

MMAPA is the nation's first Traditional Medicine Preferred Provider Organization (TM-PPO) focused on the indigent community. We work with our community to ensure alternative treatments and medicines are made accessible and affordable for all patients in need.

MMAPA provides financial assistance towards MMJ state fees, doctor evaluations, and medicine.

Like to help? Visit www.MMAPA.net or call 303-386-4001

Posted by: MMAPA | January 24, 2011 3:06 AM | Report abuse

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