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Montel Williams Opens Dispensary

by 420insight on November 3, 2014
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Montel Williams

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.

Montel Williams
Montel Williams: medical-marijuana advocate and entrepreneur

Medical marijuana activist and former day-time TV talk-show host Montel Williams suffers from MS. He’s a co-founder of Abatin Wellness Cooperative, a dispensary in Sacramento, California. Abatin also won a contract to grow cannabis in Washington, DC.

Born on July 3, 1956 in Baltimore, Williams spent four years in the Navy before launching his TV career. In 1991, The Montel Williams Show debuted on KCOP in Los Angeles. Picked up for syndication by CBS Paramount Television, it was a staple of day-time talk for the next 16 years. The show was canceled in 2008.

You helped open up and serve as a consultant to Abatin, a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento. What about the current dispensary industry were you unhappy with?

Just to clarify, I no longer have an association with them. I was involved with helping this company move forward because they had a special paradigm. I helped them get the licensure they needed and I’m now doing my advocacy work more at the national level. I ultimately found that a lot of dispensaries aren’t concerned about helping sick people; they’re concerned about their pocketbooks.

Williams had begun discussing his illness and use of marijuana on the show, but it wasn’t until after the show ended that he became a full-time advocate. Williams has spoken before many state legislatures and reform conferences, often tearing up as he tells his story of spasticity and the relief provided by the medicinal use of marijuana.

“For immediate cessation I smoke it,” Williams says. “Most of the time I eat it at night because I suffer from extreme tremors in the evening and I also suffer from extreme neuralgic pain in my feet. If I eat it in the evening it takes [the pain] from a six to about a three. When I pop out of bed I’m normally at my best, so that’s when I work out and I try to get as much work done early in the day. As I get later on in the day, my feet start to go on fire. When they start to hit the fire mark I’m easing my pain, it’s just that simple. I’ve been speaking to politicians all around the country and all around the world on this issue and you’d be surprised that more people understand and back it and believe in it.”

However, Williams also regularly states: “I have never been or will I ever be in favor of the full legalization of marijuana.”

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  • linda kramer
    October 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    how do I get more of the capsules

  • veronica tarrant
    August 29, 2017 at 12:33 am

    I am trying to find out where to purchase cbd oil for my mother ! she has copd and cancer which is inoperatable and cant do radiation either ! and has the first stages of dementia ! I need to find out where to get this miracle !!!

  • Jack Miller
    August 15, 2017 at 6:31 am

    I have extreme neuropathy in my feet; I have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. How do I order the oil?

    • Beverly Mallon
      September 30, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Don’t do it. I responded to an ad for a FREE trial of CBD ALive. In the very,very fine print at the bottom of the page there are “Terms and Conditions”. You click on that and almost to the end of a long page of terms, you will find that after 14 days (hardly enough time to judge if it will actually help you) you must canc el or you will be charged 92.99 per month for this tiny bottle of oil. I did not see this and $92.99 was charged on my credit card and now I am fighting with them to refund my money and cancel all further charges. Thing CBD Alive did for me was give me a headache which I rarely ever have. It did nothing for my fibromyalgia pain. These ads are misleading and border on fraud. Check and see if your state allows medical marijuana – that is the smart way to go.

  • Donna
    January 16, 2016 at 11:34 pm

    My 89 year old mother suffers terribly from neuropathy and bunions of the feet. It is so horrible to watch her suffer day in and day out with her pain. She has been taking Gabapentin and Hydrocodone for years with little or no relief. According to Montel Williams, a certain strain of cannabanoid oil has helped him tremendously. What is it and where do I get it?

    • 420insight
      June 16, 2016 at 10:21 am

      My wife has suffered from neuropathy for years. She too was prescribed Gabapentin and pain killers, but all that did was mask the problem. She now only takes a cannabis extract called CBD Alive. All it takes is a small amount ( the size of a rice grain) and she is pain free. Each person is unique in that they have their own endocannabinoid system and what may work for one person may not work for someone else suffering the same disorder. With that being said do not misunderstand that cannabis can help you mother you just have to find the right protocol that will work for her. My wife tried a 20:1, a 10:1 then a 1:1 and that was the protocol that worked for her. Also it was a pure extract ( no mct oil or grapeseed oil as a base) I would recommend you find a cannabis consultant to assist you with finding the right key.

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