CBS To THC: Montel Williams Opens A Pot Shop
Montel Williams, best known for his 17-year television talk show, has re-channeled his energy into a new venture. He's opening a marijuana dispensary in Sacramento.
On Monday, Williams announced the new enterprise, the Albatin Wellness Cooperative in the Newton Booth neighborhood of midtown, and discussed "his own battle with multiple sclerosis and why he turned to marijuana to alleviate near-constant neurological pain," according to the Sacramento Bee.
"Prescription drugs nearly shut down my kidneys. Then a doctor suggested I try medical marijuana," said Williams, who credits pot for improving his health and well-being.
Williams wants to remove the stigma of doctor-prescribed pot use, saying, "It's absurd. I can go get morphine pumped into my system and nobody's got a problem...But all of a sudden they're really worried if I smoked a joint."
From the "philosophical direction down to the blueprints," Williams intends to be involved at every level of the cooperative. Patients entering the nondescript building have their permits and paperwork "vetted by a receptionist," before they are allowed to meet with a "counselor."
Unlike most dispensaries, no marijuana is displayed in the facility, anywhere. Patients don't see the actual product, which is available in edible and smokable form, until the very end, and can't use it on the property. "I want this to be someplace your mother and father could see themselves walk into," Williams said. He is using his celebrity status to try to do just that - he brought his parents along for the tour.