TV host campaigns for Ark. medical marijuana plan

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Montel Williams

Montel Williams (AP photo)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Talk show host Montel Williams says opponents of an Arkansas ballot measure to legalize medical marijuana are resorting to “racist” imagery with a television ad featuring an African-American actor portraying a drug dealer.

Williams appeared Thursday at the state Capitol alongside members of Arkansans for Compassionate Care, which is campaigning for the legalization measure on the November ballot. He criticized an ad aired by a coalition of conservative groups that opposes the proposal.

Williams, who lives in New York, suffers from multiple sclerosis. He says he uses medical marijuana to treat symptoms of his condition.

The Arkansas measure would allow patients with qualifying conditions to buy marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries with a doctor’s recommendation. If approved, Arkansas would become the first Southern state to legalize medical marijuana.

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