SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Former talk show host Montel Williams helped unveiled a high-end medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento that hopes to “set a new standard” for patients who use cannabis.

Williams, the 17-year daytime television host, said he uses medical marijuana to relieve pain from multiple sclerosis but has seen the need for more professional distribution of the drug.

At some dispensaries, “you see people standing around, sticking their nose into things,” Williams said. “I don’t go to CVS and pick up an individual Vicodin.”

The dispensary, Abatin, is hosted in a sleek new location that looks more like an office for a high end plastic surgeon, and Williams hopes the professional appearance will help change perceptions about medical marijuana users.

“Why are we treating patients who seek out this medication like they’re some lesser member of society?” Williams said. “We could set a new standard, not just for Sacramento, not just for California, not just for the other 16 states that allow it now and the District of Columbia, but also for the world.”

Williams said he chose Sacramento for the venture because of its history at the front of medical marijuana advocacy.

“Why not come to where the home of where the movement began?” he said.

Williams is a consultant for Abatin and hopes to open several similar dispensaries across the country.

Comments (30)
  1. Robert Bussinger says:

    MONTEL
    Please come to Oklahoma and help us have the right to all meds that would help with our conditions. I have had migraines for 42 years and think it is time we have this kind of acess for our conditions. Thank you !

  2. Susan Breyer says:

    Just wanted to chime in here. I’m a dispensary owner in California and have alot of friends who’ve opened up in the newer states. Alot of people are trying to get into the business and not knowing where to start. I too would like to see medical cannabis widely accessible have a free newsletter with free tips and tricks on how to get one open. The more we flex our rights, the more the feds will legalize access. Its a fun business also. It just shouldn’t be made so damned hard to get into. My free newsletter for any that are interested is at Start A Dispensary.

  3. Chara Wiler says:

    Just wanted to chime in here. I’m a dispensary owner in California and have alot of friends who’ve opened up in the newer states. Alot of people are trying to get into the business and not knowing where to start. I too would like to see medical cannabis widely accessible have a free newsletter with free tips and tricks on how to get one open. The more we flex our rights, the more the feds will legalize access. Its a fun business also. It just shouldn’t be made so damned hard to get into. My free newsletter for any that are interested is at Start A Dispensary.

  4. steve maki says:

    MMontel way to bring sacramento to the cannabis map!!We would like to invite you to the first annual hempfestival in sacramento on the river food,music,215 medicating area even get your card on site from a medical doctor…So come join us with your friends and say a few words on stage to help support the movement..10000 garden highway August 19,20,21 or go to hempfestival.org

  5. Start a Dispensary says:

    This is what the states want. They want well-regulated, professional places to be available to the public. This business isnt hard. Just work with your city, your local law enforcement, pay your taxes and serve good quality medicine.

    I teach for free how to do this at my newsletter at http://www.start-a-dispensary.com

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