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Montel Williams escapes drug paraphernalia charges

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Montel Williams will not be charged with drug paraphernalia possession, the Associated Press reports, after a judge dismissed all charges against the former talk show host Wednesday in Milwaukee, Wis. Williams was briefly detained back in January at the Milwaukee airport when a pipe typically used for smoking marijuana was found in a piece of his luggage. The pipe, however, had tested negative for marijuana.

Williams, who suffers from multiple sclerosis, says he uses the drug legally in order to treat chronic pain. “This isn’t about somebody trying to do something illicit,” he said Wednesday. “I’m really just trying to take my medication. Hopefully this issue and this incident will spark some conversations that will help more rational minds find a way to solve the problem and take the patients off the battlefield.”