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Montel Williams Busted with Drug Pipe

1/4/2011 9:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Montel Williams was cited for packing a marijuana pipe at the airport in Milwaukee today ... according to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office.

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Cops say TSA busted the former talk show host with a metal pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana ... as he went through security.

The pipe -- which was in his carry-on -- set off a metal detector. We're told there was no residue.

Montel is a long time advocate of medical marijuana -- which he uses to manage pain related to multiple sclerosis.

Montel was released after paying a $484 citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. The sheriff's department tells us Montel was very mellow cooperative.


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31.

OooooNooo!    

"Oh, dude, I totally spaced on the pipe, man."

1325 days ago
32.

Nostradamus    

What the hell is he doing with metal paraphernalia? That's so bush league.

1325 days ago
33.

Michael2010    

Montel has MS, which is a disease that leaves him in more pain that can be managed without leaving someone immobile all day by opiates. His arrest was clearly profiled on account of his high profile, pot smoking stature. Furthermore, with no residue in the pipe, it's a tobacco pipe. Leave this man alone. Would America prefer he be pent up in his house like L4 and L5 back patients on pain pills all day, or out still advocating and remaining a noticed member of society, despite being high on weed through out? It's a plant. Change the laws.

1325 days ago
34.

Nostradamus    

I bet it was one of those cheap brass one-hitters...lame

1325 days ago
35.

Bu    

For God sake this man is sick with MS and if he wants to smoke pot to feel better then just let him alone!

1324 days ago
36.

Gloria Unread    

HE HAS A PRESCRIPTION FOR IT HOW CAN HE BE CHARGED WITH A CRIME?

Posted at 7:29 PM on Jan 4, 2011 by dd
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Because prescription marijuana isn't legal in every state. Each state's laws are different. One thing that's only a misdemeanor is California can get you 20 years in Nevada... That's why you should always do your research before you travel.

This is complete BS though. Without any marijuana residue, who's to say that the pipe wasn't meant for tobacco?

He'll be able to fight this charge very easily. It sucks that they fine you up front, and only after you're found not guilty do you get your money back. What happened to being innocent until proven guilty?

1324 days ago
37.

Kevin    

Marijuana prohibition is a damn shame. If you're a responsible adult, you should be able to enjoy a substance that has been proven safer than alcohol and tobacco. Period.

Of course, in Mr. Williams case, he is a medical cannabis patient that suffers from Multiple Sclerosis, a painful disease. That pipe is no different than an inhaler for an asthma patient or a syringe of insulin for a diabetes patient.

1324 days ago
38.

Michelle    

Bull****. A one-hitter with NO residue and they charge him??? What a bunch of *******s.

1324 days ago
39.

Dee    

That sucks Montel, party on dude! From one weed smoker to another.

1324 days ago
40.

lint    

Aww come on. So he prefers a pipe vs rolling a joint. They could have let this one pass, I mean really. Everyone knows he's chronically ill [no pun intended] and has been for a long time.

1324 days ago
41.

Johnd    

Cops seem to be just out for the revenue anymore. If it involves any public safety issues, they are hesitant to get involved. What a disgrace "law enforcement" has become!!!

1324 days ago
42.

Joe    

He uses marijuana to treat his case of Multiple Sclerosis, this is very relevant information that should have made it into this article.

1324 days ago
43.

And thats the truth    

My dad owned his own business and had a business partner when I was young and his wife had breast cancer. Her doctor told her to smoke MJ for the pain and this was back in the late 60's early 70's.

1324 days ago
44.

janet    

@Kevin...Be serious. Asthma, diabetes, you're going to have a script for refills. You are not going to have syringes in you're carry on with no proof of why you have them and not be questioned.

"Medical Marijuana" took no time to be abused. It still requires a perscription (laugh laugh). If the marijuana is legit and what paraphernalia is needed to use the marijuana perscription, residue or not, what is the problem of having a medical card or something stating this? Montel Williams got charged with paraphernalia and no backup of why he has a metal pipe which sounded the alarm in the first place.

1324 days ago
45.

MissAnn    

No residue=no crime. I can't believe he actually got a ticket for this. You can buy pipes legally therefore you should be able to have them on you. Marijuana laws are so unnecessary.

1324 days ago
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