JEFFERSON CITY — Advocates for increased patient access to medical marijuana, including television personality Montel Williams, shared personal stories while testifying for a Missouri bill that would create a state-monitored distribution program for the drug.
Williams and others spoke at a House committee hearing Monday in support of the measure sponsored by a Republican representative. The measure would set up a process for patients to register for access to marijuana for cancer, HIV, post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions.
Williams, who starred in the syndicated talk show “The Montel Williams Show,” has multiple sclerosis and uses marijuana to treat some of his symptoms. He lives in New York and has advocated for medical marijuana across the country. He said the legislation could be a model for the rest of the country.