Montel Williams (host of the appropriately-named Montel Williams Show for 17 years) was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis over 10 years ago. He uses medical marijuana to alleviate some of the pain caused by the disease. He became an advocate of medical marijuana after he was stopped at a Detroit airport for carrying drug paraphernalia, and as recently as January of this year he was fined $484 for possession of drug paraphernalia at a Milwaukee airport.
Now Williams has announced he’s opening a medical marijuana dispensary, the Albatin Wellness Cooperative, in Sacramento, California. The dispensary is intended to be a high-class operation, resembling a clinic and with counseling provided before a patient ever sees a single bud. He told the Sacramento Bee that he wants to build a dispensary his own parents would feel comfortable walking into. He also made a good point that always bears repeating: “I can go get morphine pumped into my system and nobody’s got a problem. But all of a sudden they’re really worried if I smoked a joint.” Damn good point, and I’m saying this as a pharmacy tech who dispenses meds to terminally ill people on a regular basis. Let them have the damn pot. It’s safer than opiates.
On another note, TheAtlantic has a good piece on the 40th birthday of the USA’s War on Drugs. Awww, Happy Birthday, Drug War. We got you this Corgi cake and some Stoner Dog memes: