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A Teary-Eyed Montel Williams Makes Emotional Plea For Medical Marijuana Bill

January 26, 2011

Montel WilliamsMontel Williams has made appearances in multiple states this week in support of legislation to legalize marijuana for medicinal usage. On Tuesday, he was brought to tears while speaking in his homestate of Maryland as he described the immense pain he’s felt every day for the past 10 years due to multiple sclerosis. Later, in Delarware, he told lawmakers that, the night before, he couldn’t even stand up in his hotel room.

From the Wall Street Journal:

‘Marijuana may not work for everyone, but what it has done for me is it’s given me my life back,’ Williams said, his voice wavering as he tearfully spoke about his condition at a news conference.

Williams, a Baltimore native and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy blocks from the Maryland State House, said he has been living with neuropathic pain in his lower extremities, face and side for 10 years. Opiates, he said, don’t work for him anymore.”

Williams is travelling the country in support of the legislation, trying to push it through in the states that don’t yet have it. Following his appearance in Maryland, he travelled to Delaware where he spoke at Legislative Hall. Delaware, like Maryland, has recently had new medical marijuana legislature introduced.

Williams has long been a supporter of medical marijuana. He previously appeared in a PSA for the Drug Policy Alliance with Sting and George Soros.

Below you can see clips of Williams impassioned speech from MSNBC:

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