Former television host Montel Williams is the newest celebrity advocate of marijuana who will be launching his own brand of cannabis products. Williams announced the launching of LenitivLabs by Lenitiv Scientific, LLC at the Cannabis World Congress and Business Exposition, which is held in Los Angeles. He gave a keynote speech at the cannabis convention on Thursday which included the news of his line of medical cannabis. LenitivLabs will be specifically focused on strains and dosing for medical purposes, aiming to help patients with a variety of conditions. Williams has been using medical marijuana since he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. His doctors recommended he try it and he has been using it ever since. His line is specifically focused on providing the same kind of relief to other patients, with the website slogan stating “by patients, for patients.”
Why Williams Chose to Get Involved in Cannabusiness
“I experience neuropathic pain 24 hours a day because of my MS,” Williams said. “My physicians recommended cannabis as part of my treatment 17 years ago, and I’ve used it ever since. Only someone suffering from a debilitating disease can understand cannabis’s therapeutic value.”
Williams has been a big advocator for marijuana policy reform. He worked to change marijuana laws in many states including New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. He was a military officer for 22 years and has been pushing for veterans to have access to medical marijuana without risk to their benefits. Medical marijuana advocate Marvin Washington has also joined Lenitiv Scientific. He is an NFL veteran who has been actively pushing to allow athletes access to medical marijuana. One of the founding partners and CEO will be David Racz who is experienced with both the pharmaceutical and the marijuana industry.
Lenitiv Scientific’s Credentials
Lenitiv Scientific is planning to also fund medical marijuana research. Its board of directors includes many highly experienced members, including Former Director, Central Intelligence, Ambassador R. James Woolsey; Retired Vice Admiral Edward M. Straw; former Congressman Wilbert Tauzin; former owner of General Drug, Basil Falcone; Lindy Snider and Nancye Miller-Woolsey.
The Cannabis Convention Continues This Weekend
Thousands of lawyers, doctors, marijuana based businesses and marijuana advocates are present at the cannabis convention which is going on at the Los Angeles Convention Center and will run until Saturday. There will be a marijuana career fair ending the cannabis convention on Saturday afternoon. It is the ideal location and event to let patients, dispensaries and advocates know about LenivitLabs and its line of products.
The company will create products that keep in line with what is legally allowed in every state. They plan to distribute the line in all states where medical marijuana has been legalized. Twenty five states and the District of Colombia have legalized medical marijuana, with more states legalizing the herb, all the time. The products will focus on what strains will help patients the most, rather than what would be most profitable in the marketplace for recreational use. Williams said “The mission of Lenitiv Scientific is to ensure that seriously ill individuals—like myself—have access to the medicine they need.”