Montel Williams was detained for questioning at Frankfurt Airport in Germany on Friday, July 29, for having weed, TMZ reports.
According to Williams' rep, the TV host, 60, was stopped by customs agents for less than an hour while he was with his wife, Tara Fowler. He packed the medical marijuana, which he uses to treat his multiple sclerosis, on his carry-on to help. He had to call his team in the U.S. to send over documented proof of his prescription.
"Unfortunately this is the reality faced by medical marijuana patients every day all over the world," Williams' rep, Jon Franks, told TMZ in a statement. "Today, Montel reaffirms his commitment to fighting for sensible medical marijuana policies across the world and to fighting the stigma he and so many other seriously ill Americans face every day for simply following the advice of their doctor."
Franks told the Associated Press that the TV personality was released after about an hour, and he was neither arrested nor cited.
Williams was diagnosed with the autoimmune disease in 1999. "We don't know how long I've had it for, but I've been misdiagnosed for 10 years. There have been some mornings when I thought it would be better if I stayed in bed," he said during a Manhattan press conference at the time. "This disease is not going to stop me."
In 2013, he revealed the diet and exercise routine he sticks with to help with his condition, which impacts the nervous system. "I can drink 15 pieces of fruit in a day. Nobody is going to sit down and eat that. I drink about 48 ounces a day. That constitutes about 50 percent of what I eat. And then I have one meal a day, some protein. I restrict calories," he told Everyday Health.
"When it comes to exercise, everybody has to find what works for them," he added. "I exercise every day. I work out about an hour and 20 minutes, which is aerobics and resistance training. I work on agility and balance. I work on the things that are going to help my condition. I do agility training. I walk on a treadmill. I use an elliptical. I use weights."
Williams has been an outspoken marijuana advocate.
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