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Montel Williams urges N.Y. to legalize pot

Sept. 17, 2004 at 9:49 AM

ALBANY, N.Y., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- Talk show host and multiple sclerosis victim Montel Williams is urging New York's governor to decriminalize marijuana.

Williams, who smokes marijuana daily to relieve symptoms of his disease, said Gov. George Pataki seemed attentive during their 15-minute talk this week and promised to look into decriminalizing marijuana, the New York Post reported Friday.

"Gov. Pataki asked a lot of questions," Williams said. "He stated unequivocally that he's going to take a very serious look at the issue and ... legislation."

Pataki stopped short, though, of endorsing the full legalization of the substance, a spokesman for the governor said.

"Nothing should be done to encourage illicit drug use," the spokesman said. "But we have asked health department professionals to continue to look at this issue."

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