Talk Show Host, MS Patient Montel Williams Cited For Medical Marijuana

Detroit, MI: Detroit Metropolitan Airport authorities fined syndicated talk show host Montel Williams $100 on Monday after he was found to be in possession of “marijuana paraphernalia,” the Associated Press reported.

The AP story quotes a spokesman for Williams who maintains that the talk show host has a “prescription” for marijuana to treat symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The statement does not state where Williams received his “prescription,” as US doctors are forbidden by federal law to prescribe marijuana medicinally.

Williams was diagnosed with MS in 1999.

NORML Foundation Executive Director Allen St. Pierre said that it was not surprising to learn that Williams uses medical marijuana. “According to a recent British survey, nearly one out of two MS patients use marijuana therapeutically,” he said. “Seriously ill patients MS patients in particular have long known that marijuana provides symptomatic relief despite their elected officials alleging otherwise.”

According to clinical findings recently published in the journal Brain, ingredients in marijuana provide both symptomatic relief and “slow down the neurodegenerative processes that ultimately lead to chronic disability in multiple sclerosis.”

Previous clinical data published this spring in the journal Clinical Rehabilitation concluded that MS patients administered whole-plant marijuana extracts experienced improved pain relief, bladder control, and spasticity compared to placebo. The British government is expected to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana extracts (under the trade name Sativex) later this year.

For more information, please contact either Allen St. Pierre or Paul Armentano of The NORML Foundation at (202) 483-8751.