Montel Williams wants medical marijuana legalized
Baltimore-born talk show host Montel Williams will be in Annapolis next week to lend support to an effort to legalize medical marijuana, according to a delegate sponsoring the bill.
Williams is open about his use of medical marijuana to treat pain associated with multiple sclerosis. One of the bill's sponsors, Sen. David Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican, said his own battle with cancer years ago led him to conclude the drug should be legalized for medical purposes, though he said he did not use it.
Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat and the legislature's only medical doctor, also is sponsoring the bill.
Morhaim said in his release about Williams that the legislation would "allow, under narrow and well-defined circumstances, marijuana to be safely and responsibly obtained and used for bona-fide medical purposes only."
Similar legislation easily passed the Senate last year but was held up by a House of Delegates committee. Williams is scheduled to appear in Annapolis Monday afternoon.
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