Montel Williams Puts His Money Where His Passion Is—In Pot

All we need now is a product rollout.

Former United States Marine and lapsed TV talk-show host Montel Williams has announced the formation of LenitivLabs by Lenitiv Scientific, LLC. According to Williams’s press release, the company will formulate, produce, and market medical-cannabis products.

The 60-year-old Williams has been on the medical-marijuana frontlines since being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 17 years ago. Over the past several election seasons, Williams has used his fame and experience with doctor-recommended weed to campaign for medical-cannabis legislation in New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut.

This past July, Williams inadvertently raised international awareness of cannabis’s medicinal properties when German authorities at an airport in Frankfurt detected marijuana powder in the advocate’s luggage and detained him. Williams produced a doctor recommendation for the substance and was released without charges.

Williams is joined at LenitivLabs by 11-year NFL veteran Marvin Washington and CEO David Racz, a veteran of both the cannabis and the pharmaceutical industries.

From the press release:

"I experience neuropathic pain 24 hours a day because of my MS," says Williams. "My physicians recommended cannabis as part of my treatment seventeen years ago, and I've used it ever since. Only someone suffering from a debilitating disease can understand cannabis's therapeutic value."

The Lenitiv Scientific, LLC. board of advisors includes former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency R. James Woolsey, Retired Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw, former Congressman Wilbert Tauzin, and Basil Falcone, the former owner of pharmaceutical distributor General Drug.

With this assemblage of former heavyweights, the former talk-show host is certainly serious about moving forward in a serious way.

The LentivLabs website features a video of Montel Williams discussing medical marijuana on Huff Post Live, a fetching branding line (By Patients. For Patients) and, so far, no substantive details.

These advancements take time. Just ask Roseanne Barr, who back in February announced the imminent opening of her Roseanne’s Joint medical pot shop in Santa Ana.