Talk Show Host Pleads Medical Pot Case

Talk Show Host Pleads Medical Pot Case
Posted by CN Staff on May 04, 2005 at 16:46:49 PT
By The Associated Press 
Source: Associated Press 
Washington, D.C. -- Talk show host Montel Williams joined a group of medical marijuana advocates Wednesday in imploring Congress to allow him and other sick people to use the drug without fear of prosecution. "This is really so simple it's ignorant," said Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. He said legal drugs do not help the pain.
"I'm hurting right now. I'm hurting. Why? Because I knew I had to come to Washington, D.C., and I can't carry anything because I know I'd get busted," he said. Williams spoke at a Capitol Hill news conference where a bipartisan group of lawmakers said decisions about medical marijuana should be left to the states. Ten states have laws that allow residents to use marijuana for medical purposes. The Supreme Court has said that does not protect distributors from federal anti-drug charges. The court is considering a case about whether federal drug agents can go after patients in the states where the drug is allowed for medical purposes -- Alaska, California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Maine, Montana, Hawaii and Vermont. Rep. Barney Frank, D-Mass., said he was reintroducing a bill that would allow states to set their own laws on medical marijuana. "The notion that a state-sanctioned practice of medicine ought to be criminalized really makes no sense," Frank said. Source: Associated Press (Wire)Published: May 4, 2005Copyright: 2005 The Associated Press Related Articles & Web Site:Marijuana Policy Project Marijuana Debate Heats Up Williams To Help Introduce MMJ Bill
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on May 07, 2005 at 19:00:19 PT
I did see the video and I think I saw you. I'm glad you were able to be there. I hope we get more articles about the event in the days to come. How did the press seem to take it when Montel was talking? The drug czars hoopla got way more tv time and Montel just a spot on Aaron Brown. I actually am beginning to think that the media thinks this shouldn't even be an issue and doesn't know what to do about it.
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Comment #7 posted by Gary Storck on May 07, 2005 at 18:53:34 PT
Good event
Here is video of the event. You can see me in the crowd behind Montel in the Montel clip, if it is still up. nice Montel got some press to this event. My third Capitol Hill press conference in 4 years and finally some decent coverage.
Is My Medicine Legal YET?
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Comment #6 posted by Toker00 on May 05, 2005 at 03:53:47 PT
Now that Montel has gone highly visible, maybe other celebs will get on the train. Montel has a way of doing things on a grand scale. He doesn't half step anything. "This is really so simple it's ignorant," Pretty much says it all.Peace. Legalize, then Revolutionize! (medicine)(energy)(nutrition)
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on May 04, 2005 at 20:49:59 PT
Another Picture of Montel Williams
I didn't put it on a web page but here it is.
Montel Williams Picture
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Comment #4 posted by mayan on May 04, 2005 at 18:25:45 PT
They're Cornered
The prohibitionists are looking very,very stupid right now. How can they possibly counter a high-profile,beloved, African-American man with multiple sclerosis who absolutely NEEDS cannabis?They can't! Not without looking dumber than they actually are!The supremes are in a corner as well. Conservatives concerned about states' rights are watching and waiting for the Raich decision just as closely as anyone. The prohibitionists hoped it would never come to this. They are in a lose/lose situation of their own making.THE WAY OUT IS THE WAY IN... The Gatekeepers of the So-Called Left: Flint To Publish Major 9/11 Skeptic Article: of Griffin 9/11 Talk on C-SPAN2 Sat 5/7: Spread Dr. Griffin's 9/11 Gospel to Church Groups and Indie Media:
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Comment #3 posted by FoM on May 04, 2005 at 17:29:55 PT
A Picture of Montel 
I've had this page a long time and I hope it looks ok on other peoples computers. If it doesn't please let me know. Thanks in advance.
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Comment #2 posted by Sam Adams on May 04, 2005 at 17:21:14 PT
go Montel go!
I hope he realizes what a great thing he's doing! He should say "cannabis". Instead of "I couldn't carry anything" about "I couldn't take cannabis on the plane". Let's call it what it is, an herb, and bring it out in the open. No need to act like there's anything to hide or words to avoid saying.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on May 04, 2005 at 16:53:45 PT
Pictures of Montel Williams and Activists
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