Montel Schedules Arkansas Medical Marijuana Press Conference

Daytime Emmy Award-winner Montel Williams, a legend among TV talk show hosts, will speak in Little Rock on behalf of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Act on Thursday, October 18.

Williams will back the efforts of Arkansans for Compassionate Care, a coalition of concerned physicians, patients and allies who agree that sick and dying patients should have access to medical marijuana with a doctor’s recommendation.

ACC is sponsoring the ballot initiative that would allow seriously ill Arkansans to use marijuana to treat certain conditions with the recommendation of their doctors. The initiative will appear on the November state general election ballot as Issue 5.

Arkansas is the first state in the Southern U.S. whose residents will have a chance to determine if their friends, neighbors and family members will be able to legally use the medicine that works best for them without fear of arrest.

“The people of Arkansas deserve a chance to have their voices heard, just as seriously ill Arkansans deserve a chance to live normal lives without being treated like criminals,” said Morgan Fox, communications director for the Marijuana Policy Project.

“The tightly regulated system that would be implemented by the passage of this initiative would provide relief to numerous patients suffering from severely debilitating conditions while taking resources out of the hands of criminals and increasing public safety,” Fox said. “This is not a partisan issue. It is a matter of compassion.

“Hopefully other states in the region will take their cue from Arkansas and begin to explore similar policy alternatives to putting sick people in jail,” Fox said.

Arkansas now joins Massachusetts in considering a medical marijuana ballot initiative in the November election.

To learn more about the campaign to pass Issue 5, please visit Arkansans for Compassionate Care at

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