An emotional Montel Williams joined state lawmakers Monday in Annapolis to urge the General Assembly to legalize medical marijuana.
The Baltimore-born talk-show host suffers from multiple sclerosis and says he uses marijuana — and nine other medications — every day to alleviate pain. He said tearfully that traditional opiates don't work for him any longer.
"I've used too many," he said.
At his side were state Sens. Jamie Raskin, a Montgomery County Democrat, and David Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican, both cancer survivors. They said that while they don't use marijuana, they can understand why some patients need it.
Also backing the proposal is Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat who is the General Assembly's only physician.
"I'm convinced that marijuana has a real medical role," he said.
The lawmakers said their legislation to legalize marijuana is tightly crafted to limit marijuana use to patients who have been prescribed the drug by their regular doctors after they have tried other remedies.