Montel Williams Lights Up the Maine Medical Marijuana Conference

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Montel Williams spoke at yesterday’s medical marijuana conference
in Maine. In tears as he shared his pain with the audience, he was
encouraged by one attending Sheriff to take his medicine, prompting
Montel to light up a joint and take a few puffs.

There have been a number of questions surrounding medical marijuana
dispensaries in the state, since the new law was passed in November.

At the convention in Portland nearly 250 people came out to hear
the ins and outs of the law, and learn how they can get involved
in growing or selling medical marijuana reported wchs6.com.

Television host Montel Williams was the keynote speaker. Suffering
from multiple sclerosis, Williams has been an advocate for the uses
of marijuana for medical patients.

Williams uses marijuana to help ease symptoms of multiple sclerosis
including the chronic nerve pain and said "people like him
shouldn’t be treated as criminals for using marijuana for pain control
for a variety of diseases and conditions."

The conference was held to attempt to answer questions about what
the law means for patients, health care providers, municipalities,
law enforcement agencies and others.

A long time advocate of medicinal marijuana use, Montel Williams
has worked diligently in his efforts to provide a face and voice
to the debate on the medical use of this illegal herb. He spoke
at the conference about Maine’s new law allowing medical marijuana
dispensaries yesterday at the University of Southern Maine in hopes
that he could be a voice for patients and caregivers who are often
not heard in these public debates and conferences around the country
on the legality and validity of the use of this form of medication.

When Williams pain level became so intolerable he was in tears,
Cumberland County
Sheriff
Mark Dion shouted from the audience "why don’t
you just take your medicine", the audience applauded and stood
as Montel sat down, pulled out a marijuana cigarette and fired it
up, lighting up the approval meter of the attendee’s present.

Montel said his pain level dropped tremendously and if not for
the use of the drug he wouldn’t have been able to bear the nerve
pain he was enduring prior to and while on stage speaking to the
citizens of Maine.

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June
9, 2010

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