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Oct 30, 2011 11:35 AM by Dr. Anya Winslow

Montel Williams: Israel leads in medical marijuana

JERUSALEM (AP) - Emmy Award-winning television personality Montel Williams says Israel is at the forefront of providing patient access to medical marijuana.

Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. He has since been an outspoken advocate of medical marijuana to relieve pain caused by disease.

The former host of the popular long-running talk show "The
Montel Williams Show" is meeting legislators, scientists and physicians in Israel on a fact-finding mission.

He told The Associated Press Sunday that the United States could learn from Israel how to treat marijuana just "like any other medication that a doctor uses in their arsenal."

Williams, 55, says he takes cannabis on a daily basis and that "for me, there is nothing else that can do what it does."

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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