The name Montel Williams reminds me of spending hungover or sick days on the couch in various apartments watching daytime T.V. and talk shows. Other than envisioning large, angry people physically fighting onstage, I don’t think about Montel that much these days, which is okay with me. However, Williams has popped back up in the international news this week, with various news sources reporting that he was stopped at a German airport at the end of July, 2016. Williams was “detained” in Frankfurt, Germany, according to the Associated Press, for medical marijuana possession.
Who is Montel Williams?
Montel Williams is an American television personality (read: talk show host) who attended the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1991, his talk show “The Montel Williams Show” began its 17 season run, and eventually earned Williams an Emmy. William’s public speaking ability helped him secure his talk show, and he was the first black man to have a daytime talk show. Part of his show was compassion, and he offered the After Care Program to guests on the show who wanted to pursue treatment for issues such as addiction, weight gain, and depression. Williams made several appearances on other televisions shows and directed the full-length film Little Pieces as well. Williams is now 60 years old, and suffers from multiple sclerosis, which is a perfectly good reason for him to consume medical cannabis – legally. Due to his condition, Williams has become an “outspoken advocate” for medical cannabis.
What is Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disabling disease which disrupts the flow of information to the brain, and also between the brain and the body. It affects the central nervous system, and its cause is unknown. Genetics and environmental factors may play a part. The severity and progress of the disease are unpredictable, and most people are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 20 and 50. MS affects more women than men – women are more than twice as likely to have the disease. Symptoms of MS include but are not limited to blurred vision, loss of balance, poor coordination, slurred speech, tremors, numbness, extreme fatigue, memory and concentration problems, paralysis, and blindness.
What Happened to Montel Williams?
The Associated Press reported that Williams was held for about an hour on a Friday morning in late July at the Flughafen Franfurt am Main (the Frankfurt, Germany, airport) in the fifth-largest city in Germany. Customs officials at the airport found prescription cannabis powder in his luggage, which Williams reported was left there accidentally. After verifying Williams’ prescription cannabis was legal through a doctor’s note the personality had, the Frankfurt airport police released Williams with no charges. In 2015, Williams urged the state government of Pennsylvania to legalize medical cannabis.
What are Germany’s Medical Marijuana Laws?
CNN recently reported that Germany intends to legalize medical cannabis by 2017, and that the health minister has approved medical cannabis for “seriously ill patients” whose doctors have no other treatment alternatives. Amsterdam in the Netherlands has legalized cannabis, and the prime minister of Germany stated that he intends to ask insurance companies to help patients who cannot afford cannabis therapy.