Marijuana Symposium to Feature Montel Williams

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Tuesday, Sep. 12, 2017 9:26 am   2 min read

Montel Williams (Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association)

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association will host a half-day symposium on the cannabis industry and regulatory issues next week, with a presentation by talk show host and medical marijuana advocate Montel Williams.

The symposium will be held from 2-5 p.m. on Sept. 20 at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. It is free to the public.

This announcement follows the association's naming of Regina Thurman as its chair three weeks ago. 

The event takes place two days after the deadline for medical marijuana cultivation and distribution permit applications to be submitted to the state Medical Marijuana Commission.

Potential cultivators and distributors will hear from experts on topics including expectations upon receiving a license and license protection in the event of post-award challenges. Attendees will also learn about procurement matters specific to the medical marijuana industry.

Williams, who has multiple sclerosis and is a daily user of medicinal marijuana, has been outspoken in support of medical marijuana as a treatment option for a variety of chronic illness symptoms. He will also serve on the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association's board.

"Five years ago, I was in Little Rock on the steps of the State Capitol helping to raise up the voices of the many seriously ill Arkansans who were begging for some compassion. I'll never forget them, so it's truly an honor for me to join the board of the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Association as your program begins its implementation," Williams said in a news release. "I believe a well-regulated, patient-focused medical marijuana program in Arkansas will lead to conversations in state capitols throughout the South."

Williams is the founder of medical cannabis company Lenitiv Scientific and has pushed for legalizing medical marijuana in the United States for nearly two decades. In 2012, he visited Arkansas to support that year's ballot measure, which would have legalized medical marijuana.



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