Last updated on: 4/2/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

Montel Williams Biography

Title:
Founder of the the Montel Williams MS Foundation
Position:
Pro to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“How dare someone tell me they can prescribe morphine, vicodin, percocet. Make the drugs most addictive, name the most addictive drug, they can give me and I can be a walking member of the society by taking that garbage, but my doctor, who has prescribed it for me, can’t prescribe medicinal marijuana? Why? Because we have an idea everybody who does it sits around smoking.

There are 50 different ways to utilize it. You can eat it; you can process it into a liquid; or you can turn it into a pill form. The willow tree was taken apart about 200 years ago and turned into aspirin. And we all take it.”

Climbing Higher, 2004

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Involvement and Affiliations:
  • National talk show host, actor, producer and writer
  • Founder, the Montel Williams MS Foundation
  • Producer, MS Public Service Announcements
  • US Naval special duty intelligence officer, specializing in Cryptology
  • Awards received:
  • Man of Courage Award from the Center Without Walls/Race to Erase MS, 2000
  • Tipper Gore Remember the Children Volunteer Award from the US National Mental Health Association, 1999
  • Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Governor’s Humanitarian Award, 1999
  • Children PRISM Award for alcohol and drug education, 1999
  • US Chamber of Commerce Special Services Award, 1988
  • Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal
  • Two Navy Expeditionary Medals
  • Two Humanitarian Service Medals
  • Navy Achievement Medal
  • Two Navy Commendation Medals
  • Two Meritorious Service Awards
Education:
  • Attended the Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CA, 1983
  • BA, General Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, 1980
Other:
  • None found
Quoted in:
  1. Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?
  2. Is Marijuana an Effective Treatment for Spasticity Disorders Such as Multiple Sclerosis?