Montel Williams, a prominent medical marijuana activist and former talk show host, has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia, following an incident Tuesday at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Wisconsin authorities have released a written public statement [PDF] saying that the former talk show host was caught by Transportation Security Administration with a pipe commonly used for smoking marijuana.
Williams was attempting to pass through a security checkpoint when the discovery was made by TSA employees.
According to the Milwaukee County Sheriff's office, "Williams paid the $484 citation and was released to continue his travel."
Williams, a longtime advocate for the use of medical marijuana uses the herbal medicine, prescribed to him by doctors, to relieve the chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis, which affects the central nervous system.
Williams was a keynote at a medical marijuana conference in Maine last summer where he was brought to tears by the pain from his disease. He was then publicly encouraged by Cumberland County Sheriff Mark Dion "to take his medicine," prompting Williams to light up on stage and ease his apparent suffering.
Tuesday's run-in with the law isn't Williams first citation for possession of drug paraphernalia. People magazine reports the 54-year-old Williams was fined $100 after authorities at Detroit Metropolitan Airport found him with marijuana paraphernalia in 2003.
Williams said that incident prompted him to become a public advocate for medical marijuana users, according to a report by the AP.
Williams received the The Edward M. Brecher Award for Achievement in the Field of Journalism in 2009 for his accomplishments and commitment to reporting on drug policy reform. This award honors those in the media who question official drug war propaganda.