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Montel Williams To Push For Medical Marijuana

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Former talk show host Montel Williams is coming to Maryland to support legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

Delegate Dan Morhaim said Williams, who is a multiple sclerosis patient, is scheduled to attend a news conference in Annapolis on Monday.

Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat, and Sen. David Brinkley, a Frederick County Republican, plan to introduce a measure to allow marijuana to be used under well-defined circumstances for bona fide medical purposes.

In 2003, Maryland approved a law limiting sentencing to a $100 fine for people who use marijuana if they have a medical excuse.

But critics of that law say it still drives people whose pain could be alleviated by marijuana into alleys to buy from drug dealers.

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

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