Former talk show host and medical marijuana patient Montel Williams plans on opening a medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, CA and Monday he gave reporters and patients a tour of the facility. He also held a press conference in which he talked about his battle with Multiple Sclerosis and how cannabis has helped him.

The Albatin Wellness Cooperative, as the establishment is known, is located in midtown Sacramento, and Montel hopes it will be a welcoming place for patients.

“We’ve been caught up in culture surrounding medical marijuana that’s 20 years old,” Williams said. “While adhering to every single state law, we want to provide safe access for patients and really medicalize this. Patients should be put first.”

He decided to partner with the marijuana cooperative’s director, Aundre Speciale, a friend he met two years ago and with whom he shares a philosophy of making medical marijuana available along with patient counseling and a standardized product.

As I’ve said before, Montel Williams is one of the few celebrities who speaks out for medical marijuana patients on a regular basis. A great deal of the publicity medical cannabis gets is because of him. He has also helped change the laws in several states through his advocacy for medical marijuana rights.

Montel says he will be “involved at every level of the cooperative, from the philosophical direction down to the blueprints.” A true champion of medical marijuana who fights his own daily battle with constant pain and manages to fight for others as well.

“It’s absurd. I can go get morphine pumped into my system and nobody’s got a problem,” Montel said. “But all of a sudden they’re really worried if I smoked a joint.”

The predicament of so many patients; luckily there is a high-profile voice out there speaking for them.

Joe Klare