Shalom Life | August 30, 2015

Montel Williams Impressed by Israel’s Medical Marijuana Policies

Montel Williams says he is impressed with Israel's liberal attitude toward medical marijuana

By: Ashley Baylen

Published: October 31st, 2011 in News » World

Montel Williams Impressed by Israel’s Medical Marijuana Policies

Montel Williams, activist and former talk-show host, believes that Israel is the leading nation with regards to their liberal attitude towards medical marijuana. On Sunday, he stated that the United States could learn something from the Jewish State.

In 1999, Williams was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, and now for over a decade he has been a passionate advocate for the use of medical marijuana to relieve pain.

‘Montel’ (as we all know him) is currently in Israel on a mission to discover the nation’s medicinal marijuana practices. He is meeting with legislators, scientists, and doctors.

"We need to get out of the dark ages and into the new ages," he told The Associated Press "Not every patient can use cannabis, but for those who can — why deny it?"

Itay Goor-Aryeh, Head of Pain Management at the Sheba Medical Center in Israel agrees with Williams’ claims. He calls marijuana “the lesser of the evils.”

"Those patients, if they do not get cannabis, they will get morphine-like drugs and other harmful drugs," said Goor-Aryeh. "I think that in many ways, cannabis is tolerated and is less addictive that morphine-based drugs."

Williams admit to smoking marijuana on a daily basis. He hopes that one day it will become a regular prescription drug, and does not agree with the opinion that legalizing it for medical use will increase illegal use of the drug.

"For me, there is nothing else that can do what it does," he said. "It helps me suppress my pain ... When I am not using cannabis I am thinking about my pain every 45 seconds."

In the United States, there are sixteen states that have decriminalized the use of medical marijuana.


Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records TrendingMother Reunites with Daughter after Being Separated by the Nazis for 71 Years Mother Reunites with Daughter after Being Separated by the Nazis for 71 Years TrendingAnti-Semitic Graffiti Attacks Take Over Texas Anti-Semitic Graffiti Attacks Take Over Texas Trending
 

This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

August 27, 2015 | By Sy Berg
This Couple is Documenting their Conversion to Judaism on Instagram

2HipJews are putting the 'modern' back into modern Orthodox

Read More

Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

August 27, 2015 | By Shalom Life Staff
Shalom Life is Saying Goodbye

After nearly 7 years, we are sadly ending Shalom Life's run.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

August 26, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review: The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide...

Tony Kushner's family drama challenges it's audiences on so many levels, it leaves you breathless and beaten. It is awesome; astounding, humbling, overwhelming and remarkable.

Read More

Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

August 23, 2015 | By Hermine Steinberg
Shaw Festival Review- The Divine: A Play for Sarah Berhnardt

This powerful play based on a true story is an absolute must-see this summer.

Read More

Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

August 14, 2015 | By Ashley Baylen
Top 10 Most Influential LGBT Jews

These 10 LGBT celebrities are an inspiration to us all.

Read More

Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

August 14, 2015 | By Daina Goldfinger
Crossfit “Guru” Does Handstand at Holocaust Memorial

Dave Driskell apologized Monday evening for his actions

Read More

There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
There’s a Jewish Rapper with a #1 Hit Record, and His Name’s Not Drake

Lil Dicky's 'Professional Rapper' sells 22,000 copies in its first week

Read More

Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

August 14, 2015 | By B. Shane Morganstein
Ben Gurion Airport Breaks All-Time Travel Records

Reports indicate that some 78,000 travelers passed through the Israeli airport in a single day

Read More

More Headlines