Montel Williams is one of the highest profile advocates for cannabis in North America. He has used cannabis products to effectively manage the symptoms of his MS since his diagnosis in 1999.

Furthermore, the announcement last May from Cura Cannabis Solutions that they will produce Lenitiv products, starting with a hemp-derived CBD line.  Montel Williams is the founder of Lenitiv.  These are the reasons why he has been chosen to be a keynote speaker at the O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo, taking place in Vancouver, BC, December 10-11, 2018 at the Parq Vancouver Casino and Resort.

“When we first began talking to Montel and his team at Lenitiv, we were drawn to their people-focused vision,” said Cameron Forni, Cura’s President and co-Founder. “We’re really excited about this partnership because the values that underpin Lenitiv are synergistic with ours. It’s also an opportunity for us to support and participate in Montel’s advocacy for common sense cannabis reform, and we’re thrilled to welcome Montel and the team at Lenitiv to our family.”

Williams began his professional career in the United States Marine Corps.  He was the first black Marine selected to attend the Naval Academy Prep School to go to graduate from the US Naval Academy and be commissioned as a Naval Officer. He earned a degree in general engineering and a minor in international security affairs. Over the course of his 22-year military career, Williams earned three Meritorious Service Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals, two Navy Achievement Medals, and other military awards and citations. Williams was also given a Meritorious Service Award for his positive portrayal of the military throughout the 17- year run of The Montel Williams Show.

Williams became an early advocate of cannabis law reform in the US. Back when he started as an advocate, patients were being dragged out of their homes in wheelchairs by the police for using cannabis to treat their pain, and Williams was one of the few high-profile voices on Capitol Hill fighting for their rights. Over the past two decades, he has worked to pass cannabis legislation in key states and led the push for military veterans to access medical cannabis without the threat of losing benefits.

Williams sought out the latest in cannabis manufacturing technologies and research, working closely with a formulator to ensure that his formulation was the highest quality available and offers a broad spectrum of THC to CBD ratios.

The O’Cannabiz Conference & Expo, launched in Toronto in 2017 and voted #1 cannabis event in Canada, will bring together industry, science, technology, policy, law and investment experts from Canada, the U.S, and around the world, set against the majestic backdrop of the North Shore Mountains at Vancouver’s brand-new Marriott Parq Casino and Resort. It will be a tremendous creative and networking space to discuss Canada’s globally groundbreaking endeavor: recreational marijuana for responsible adults. The issues discussed will include tourism opportunities, aboriginal participation, quality control, brand building, workplace issues, market estimates and possible shake-outs, corporate moves and potential mergers. All this, and the best practical business advice you will find anywhere, at every level.

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