Montel Williams's Pot Pipe Bust Shows That Patients are Still Targeted in the War on Marijuana

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In case Montel Williams wasn't already sufficiently pissed off about the government's war on his medicine, yesterday's incident is sure to push him over the edge.

TV celebrity Montel Williams was cited at Mitchell International Airport on Tuesday for carrying a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana, the Milwaukee County sheriff's office reported.

Williams, 54, was issued the citation for possession of drug paraphernalia after being caught with the pipe by Transportation Security Administration agents while going through a security checkpoint, a news release from the sheriff's office says.

Williams, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, has advocated for the legalization of marijuana for medical use and has said he uses the drug to ease the effects of his condition. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel]

Having twice had the opportunity to see Montel discuss his personal experience with medical cannabis and vehement disgust with the drug war's continued assault on seriously ill patients like himself, I would strongly urge drug warriors everywhere to leave him the hell alone. He is honestly one of the loudest and most passionate speakers I've ever seen on this topic. This guy built a career on manufacturing melodrama, so you can imagine how intense he gets when he's in pain and the government continues to prohibit the medicine he needs.

The story isn't likely to make major headlines, given that his medical marijuana use was already widely known, but there's a lesson here that I hope won't be entirely ignored. Montel Williams, despite his celebrity status, wasn't immune to the routine and government-approved harassment that medical marijuana patients continue to endure all around the country. What happened to Montel yesterday happens everyday to sick people in America, and very few of them possess the name-recognition to ensure fair treatment or the resources to rebound from the potentially severe legal consequences of a drug conviction.

While much progress has been made, the war on medical marijuana is far from over, and its worst victims are inevitably those whose medical needs are the greatest. If laws protecting medical patients sometimes become a loophole for recreational users, that concerns me far less than the very real and repeatedly-demonstrated reality that aggressive marijuana enforcement continuously results in the vicious persecution of those who are truly sick. These people deserve compassion and respect instead of handcuffs and a criminal record.

The first step is for President Obama to move beyond saying that the war on medical marijuana is a "poor use of resources" and instead admit that harassing seriously ill patients and their providers is just plain wrong.

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Big government

The conservatives profess to oppose big government, but here they let it become a monster.

This is stupid.

This is stupid.

Lost Opportunity

I am very disappointed he admitted guilt by paying the ticket.  As an activist he should have not spoken to the police, refused to pay the fine and had his day in court.  He should have taken this opportunity to really drum up media coverage over a clean pipe.  I could see him getting a segment on Fox News on the overreaching TSA and big nanny government.

Giving up all rights just to fly!

what else is TSA looking for beside guns and bombs?

This story isn't really about marijuana-- it's about pipes

 The tobacckgo Industry, whose tax revenues to the Government neatly cover all this anti-cannabis Drug War, fear something else possibly more than cannabis-- the substitution, first among cannabis users, then among 45,000,000 $igarette-buying puffsuckers in USA, of DOSAGE REDUCTION utensils for the 700-mg.-every-time-you-want-a-smoke cash cow $igarette format.So their loyal stooge Big Govt. looks for any excuse or opportunity to suppress any "smoking" method except the EASY-TO-HIDE rolling papers, joint, blunt etc. which are cousins to the hot burning overdose $igarette and well calculated to steer youngsters trying cannabis into the mind-set, companionships and environments where they are likely to get hooked on nicotine-- and then the $igarette itself is ready, available and taxable.

cannabis

Cannabis will always be legal in MY home.

The T S A says it is doing all this for MY security................b.s

what does having a tobacco/cannabis pipe have anything whatsoever do to MY security in riding the skyway?

NOT A DAMNED THING.

 

GIVE UP THE DRUG WAR. 

 

WHEN WILL THE DEA AND EVERYONE ELSE FINALLY ADMITS IT IS COMPLETELY BASED ON RACISM

JUST BE HONEST WITH US YOU PROHIBITIONIST'S. YOU CARE NOT ABOUT THE CHILDREN, YOU ONLY CARE ABOUT YOUR JOBS.

 

MONTEL YOU WILL ALWAYS BE MY HERO, ENJOY YOUR CANNABIS, YOUR RIGHT TO HAVE A DECENT LIFE EVEN  WITH MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS IS PARAMOUNT.

PROHIBITIONIST'S PLEASE GIVE IT UP ALREADY. 

WHEN YOU STOP LYING ABOUT CANNABIS, I JUST MIGHT BELIEVE YOU ABOUT METH

Victimless crimes

What amazes me, is that you people don't see the big picture. It's about giving the government the power over the citizens for victimless crimes. Our government is suppose to protect us from other people that would infringe on our individual rights! No one was a victim of Montels pipe. Wake up!  It's not about dope! It's about the Constitution and your Individual Freedom!!!

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