BY: Peter Splendorio
TV personality Montel Williams is kicking a new weed-based business venture into high gear.The longtime talk show host is set to launch a medical marijuana line called LenitivLabs at a cannabis convention in Los Angeles on Thursday, according to a press release.”With the issue of full legalization dominating the conversation, it’s critical not to forget patients who have specific needs with respect to cannabis, including strains that might be less profitable in the marketplace,” Williams said in a statement.Williams, 60, has long used medical marijuana in an effort to manage the chronic pain stemming from his Multiple Sclerosis, with which he was diagnosed in 1999.
He’s been a therapeutic cannabis candidate for years, and he says his new brand will strive to enable sick individuals to obtain the treatment they need.
“I experience neuropathic pain 24 hours a day because of my MS,” Williams said. “My physicians recommended cannabis as part of my treatment seventeen years ago, and I’ve used it ever since. Only someone suffering from a debilitating disease can understand cannabis’s therapeutic value.”
The LenitivLabs brand is slated to make its debut at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition in L.A. on Tuesday, the first official day of the convention.
Williams has regularly pushed for lawmakers to reform medical marijuana policies in a slew of states, as well as at the federal level, since being diagnosed with MS.
Earlier this summer, he was stopped at an airport in Frankfurt, Germany after custom officials found the green stuff in his suitcase, but he was eventually dismissed after taking a look at his prescription.
Afterward, Williams’ publicist applauded authorities for handling the situation with class.
“They treated him like a person with a serious illness, not a criminal,” he told the Daily News, noting that Williams’ “commitment to the fight for common sense marijuana reform has never been stronger.”