American TV personality Montel Williams, who uses medical cannabis to manage his multiple sclerosis symptoms.
Williams, a former naval officer, author, radio and TV talk show host, entrepreneur and wellness advocate, was diagnosed with MS in 1999. He has used cannabis products since then to manage his symptoms. One of his advocacy projects was helping lead a push for military veterans to legally access medical cannabis without the threat of losing their benefits.
Montel – “For six months after I was diagnosed with MS in 1999, I was given every prescription under the sun to help relieve some of the pain I was suffering with—Oxycontin, Vicodin, you name it. But none of it helped. A doctor suggested a lot of literature to me that discussed the benefits of cannabis on neuropathic pain. I started digging and realized there was something in all the anecdotal information, but it didn’t tell me if there was a difference in medical marijuana versus the kind you buy off the street”
I’m not saying we should make it so anyone can smoke whenever they want, but people who truly need this drug should not be punished.
When I used medical marijuana, I found a noticeable difference. It didn’t cause euphoria or anxiety and it took the edge off my pain. I’ve used it since then and will continue to use it until we can come up with a drug that will provide the same benefits.
A lot of the drugs you were given are considered just as addictive as marijuana, if not more so. Why do you think the government is so afraid of medical marijuana?
There’s so much tied up in the lie that’s been perpetuated for close to 100 years. How can a government now go back and say we’ve been wrong the whole time? We allowed a racist person, Harry Anslinger, to attempt to eradicate this drug off the planet. Marijuana was made illegal because of the Marijuana Tax Act, but if you look at the records, he was the biggest advocate for the act and said on the congressional floor that marijuana made white women want to sleep with black people and musicians.
Every study the government did from 1937 through 1964 unequivocally said it was a mistake to make marijuana illegal. Since then, you’ll get some studies that go back and forth, but even but even Gen. Barry McCaffrey said in 1980 that it was wrong to not have marijuana at least available for medicinal use. But the pharmaceutical industry can’t get their cut and until they find a way to do that and have medical marijuana regulated by the FDA, we will still have this problem.