Medical Marijuana - Here, There, And Everywhere

By Karen Berger, PharmD, Medical Writer

As medical marijuana is in the news more and more each day, it is clear that despite constant debate about legislation, it is here to stay. Here, we look at a few notable personalities who use medical cannabis and/or are in the cannabis business. 

Montel Williams

Montel Williams, television personality, inspirational speaker, author, entrepreneur, and advocate, is known as one of the highest profile cannabis advocates in the United States. He has used medical cannabis products for symptoms of multiple sclerosis (MS) since his diagnosis in 1999.

In 2017, he launched a line of medical cannabis products, called MONTEL by Select. He has guaranteed to personally try every batch of cannabis concentrate he sells. He told Forbes Magazine, “If I wouldn’t put something in my body, I won’t sell it to you for yours.” A retired US Marine Corps naval officer, Williams is known for advocating for cannabis reform on behalf of veterans. 

Martha Stewart/Snoop Dogg

Martha Stewart has joined forces with a leading cannabis company, Canopy Growth, to develop CBD products for consumers. Canopy Growth is a publicly traded Canadian vendor of marijuana, oils, and other products for medical and recreational use. Stewart’s role is to advise the company on developing and marketing a broad line of hemp-derived CBD products. It is speculated that Stewart’s involvement will help bring CBD into the mainstream. 

Canopy Growth also teamed up with rapper Snoop Dogg in 2016. Stewart and Snoop Dogg host a popular VH1 TV show together, “Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party.” In each episode, the duo creates a meal and drinks for celebrity guests; Snoop is known to smoke marijuana before filming each episode.

Tom Brokaw

NBC News Senior Correspondent Tom Brokaw, age 79, was diagnosed in August 2013 with incurable multiple myeloma, a rare type of cancer that causes bone pain. He was treated at the Mayo Clinic and announced in December 2014 that he was in remission. The treatment and surgery left him still suffering from back pain, and he has been using medical cannabis to manage his symptoms. Brokaw resides in Florida, one of the states where medical cannabis is legal. SurvivorNet’s CEO Steve Alperin says that having Brokaw share his experience will “help people understand there are alternative approaches to pain management.” 

Whoopi Goldberg

Actress and talk show host Whoopi Goldberg teamed up with Maya Elisabeth (founder of Om Edibles) to form Whoopi & Maya Medical Cannabis. Available in Colorado and California, Whoopi & Maya focuses on medical cannabis products for relief of menstrual symptoms. Products include: lavender bath soak, body balm, and herbal tincture. 

In September 2018, Whoopi published an Op-Ed piece (original link requires subscription – link is to Forbes article) where she discussed the importance of having medical cannabis available that is safer for lung health than smoking. “Our goal is to make you feel better, not get you high,” Whoopi said. 

Olivia Newton – John 

Olivia Newton John was in the news recently for using medical cannabis to help with both pain and sleep throughout her third bout with cancer. Her husband, John Easterling, grows cannabis on their ranch. Easterling makes a liquid for her and she uses the drops 4 to 5 times daily.

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