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Montel Williams Opens Marijuana Dispensary In Sacramento


Montel Williams marijuanaBy Steve Elliott of Toke of the Town

Former talk show host Montel Williams lent his star power to the grand opening of a high-end medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, California, that aims to “set a new standard” for patients who choose to use cannabis.

Williams, a daytime TV host for 17 years, said he uses medical marijuana to relieve the pain of multiple sclerosis but has seen the need for more professional distribution of the herb, reports CBS Sacramento.

“You see people standing around, sticking their nose into things,” Williams unfortunately said. “I don’t go to CVS to pick up an individual Vicodin.”

It’s sad that Montel felt the need to say such a silly thing about medical marijuana consumers, since there isn’t just one “medical marijuana” but many strains with various medicinal uses — and, of course, as any experienced cannabis shopper knows, “sticking your nose” up to individual buds is one way of assessing exactly what you’re dealing with.

Of course, if knowledgeable cannabis consumers are prevented from inspecting the marijuana they’re about to buy at Montel’s place, they’ll just go down the street to the next dispensary.

Marijuana Dispensaries JarBut Montel’s a smart guy — my guess is he’ll figure it out before he runs his customers off. And I’m guessing he’ll also figure out that “high end” means having the most potent strains, not the highest prices. We’ll see!

In any event, Montel’s new dispensary, Abatin (I think “Montel’s” would have been a much better name, but not nearly as French), is in a sleek location that, according to CBS Sacramento, “looks more like an office for a high end plastic surgeon,” and Williams hopes that professional appearance will “help change perceptions” about medical marijuana patients.

“Why are we treating patients who seek out this medication like they’re some lesser member of society?” Williams asked. “We could set a new standard, not just for Sacramento, not just for California, not just for the other 16 states that allow it now and the District of Columbia, but also for the world.”

Williams said he chose Sacramento for the venture because of its history at the front of medical marijuana advocacy.

“Why not come to where the home of the movement began?” he said, undoubtedly raising a lot of questions up in San Francisco.

Williams is serving as a “consultant” for Abatin and said he hopes to open several similar dispensaries across the country.

Let’s hope he at least lays off insulting medical marijuana shoppers if he plans to stay in the business.

Article From Toke of the Town and republished with special permission.


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  2. i agree with montel williams im from washington dc but i have live in denver co for the last 9years
    and i watch the medical cannabis movement unfold right before my eyes and it was very interesting
    unlike the folks who have so many negatives for the movement all those negatives apply for the legal
    drugs that are avalible today. i heard one resident of washington dc who doesent want the dispensaries in his community dealing with crime how will they stop people from buying the medical and then turning around and selling it, those problems exist with vigra, and so many pain meds that are giving for patients who have suffered aliments and they give the left overs to theirs friends sell them to their friends and i dont see folks out protesting the closures of walgreens cvs walmarts or any other pharmicies in the world.

  3. Betty Holmes on

    My name is Betty ans back in 1998 I was in a nearly fatal car accident that left me with 60-70% of my body burned. I broke a lot on my left side and I’m in horrible cronic pain
    I live in Ohio and am looking for a way to get medical marjuana. The doctors really had me messed up on pain pills and I missed out a lot in life. I don’t want to go back to that life style. I smoke to relieve my pain while on permanent disability its rather expensive. If you can help me in any way please call or e-mail. My phone number is (740) 972-8773 or if there’s anyway I can help please contact me.
    Betty Holmes

  4. Montel what a joke. Too bad he surrounds himself with idiots like ….. you know who you are.

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