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|Montel Williams: “Every day that they delay is another one of needless suffering for patients like me all across the state”|
Multiple sclerosis patient and media celebrity Montel Williams will speak at a press conference Monday in Annapolis in support of legislation that would make Maryland the nation’s 16th state allowing physician-approved use of medical marijuana.
Williams grew up in Baltimore, where his father was the city’s first African-American fire chief, Montel graduated from the Naval Academy in Annapolis and retired from the U.S. Navy as a decorated Naval Intelligence officer after more than two decades of service before starting his second career as a TV talk show host.
In 1999, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Following his diagnosis, he created the Montel Williams MS Foundation, which is committed to raising awareness of the disease and providing inspiration to those who live with MS.
Williams has advocated for the compassionate use of medical marijuana in a number of states that have approved or are considering new laws.
Montel will be joined at the Maryland press conference Monday by the chief sponsors of the state’s medical marijuana legislation: physician and Delegate Dan Morhaim, and Senators Jamie Raskin and David Brinkley, both cancer survivors.
Who: Montel Williams, Del. Dan Morhaim, Sen. David Brinkely, Sen. Jamie Raskin, and medical marijuana patients and advocates
What: Press conference to announce the introduction of medical marijuana legislation in the Maryland General Assembly
Where: Room 302, House Office Bldg., 6 Bladen St., Annapolis, MD 21401
When: Monday, January 24, 4 p.m.