Former talk show host, Montel Williams, has long since been an outspoken proponent for medical marijuana. Now the 55-year-old says the U.S. could learn a thing or two from Israel and their liberal stance on pot.
After being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999, Williams has made no secrets about his use of medical marijuana to relieve pain caused by the disease–something that frustrates him within our country. He is now meeting with legislators, scientists and doctors to find out more about Isreal’s approach, which he told the Associated Press is forward-thinking and it works.
We need to get out of the dark ages and into the new ages. Not every patient can use cannabis, but for those who can – why deny it?
What exactly is so liberal about Israel’s approach? Apparently, certain doctors can approve cannabis prescriptions and disperse them to patients. And although marijuana use is still regulated, this is how Isreal differs from us: Many doctors prefer prescribing it to patients who qualify because it is “the lesser of evils.” Something naturally grown versus synthetic drugs. Imagine that.
Itay Goor-Aryeh, the head of the pain management unit at the Sheba Medical Center in central Israel explained his country’s position:
Those patients, if they do not get cannabis, they will get morphine-like drugs and other harmful drugs. I think that in many ways, cannabis is tolerated and is less addictive that morphine-based drugs.
What I like about Williams is that he stands firm on his opinion and continues to oppose those who say that legalizing marijuana for medical use will just lead to more drug trafficking (which is kind of ridiculous because drug dealers are always going to have a street corner market, legal or not). In fact, according to a recent poll, more Americans are siding with Williams with 50% believing pot should be legalized–and not just for medicinal purposes. He also makes no attempt to hide the fact that he uses pot every day to cope with his disease.
For me, there is nothing else that can do what it does. It helps me suppress my pain… When I am not using cannabis, I am thinking about my pain every 45 seconds.
Tell us what you think. Should marijuana be legalized?