Medical Marijuana in New York? Yes

Medical Marijuana in New York? Yes
Posted by CN Staff on May 30, 2005 at 21:46:41 PT
By Montel Williams
Source: New York Daily News 
New York -- You may know me as a television talk show host, but here in New York I am a criminal. My crime? Using the medicine that has allowed me to live a normal life despite having multiple sclerosis: medical marijuana.It does society no good to treat patients like me - simply trying to live well and be productive citizens in the face of terrible illness - as criminals. And threatening sick people with jail does not make New York a better place.
When you see me on TV, you can't see the mind-numbing pain searing through my legs like hot pokers. The strongest painkillers available - Percocet, Vicodin, OxyContin and even morphine - brought me no relief. I couldn't sleep, my legs kicked involuntarily in bed and the pain was so bad I found myself crying in the middle of the night. All these heavy-duty narcotics made me nearly incoherent, turning me into a zombie. And all are highly addictive.I spiraled deeper into a black hole of depression. It was so bad that I twice attempted to end my life.Finally, someone suggested that smoking marijuana before going to bed might help me sleep. Skeptical but desperate, I tried it. Three puffs and within minutes, the excruciating pain in my legs subsided. I had my first restful sleep in months.Snipped:Complete Article: New York Daily News (NY)Author: Montel WilliamsPublished: May 30, 2005 Copyright: 2005 Daily News, L.P.Website: voicers edit.nydailynews.comRelated Articles & Web Sites:Montel Williams Show for Compassionate Care Marijuana in New York? No Williams Lobbies for Medical Pot 'Joint' Resolution
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Comment #2 posted by Max Flowers on May 31, 2005 at 09:18:31 PT
Montel rocks
If only a small percentage of all the other celebrities who use cannabis had even a fraction of Montel's courage, this fight would have already been over.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on May 31, 2005 at 08:19:14 PT
Thank you, Montel
If the NY bill does make it to Pataki's desk, it will be an incredible success, and probably a direct result of Montel's help.I'm sorry that we live in a society where the testimony of a single fluff-talk-show host is more important than the suffering of thousands, but hey, Montel didn't create this twisted Orwellian world. Thank you, thank you, thank you Montel! 
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