Jan 6, 2011

AP reports that the TSA busted Montel Williams for carrying a pipe commonly used to smoke marijuana (see below). They’ll copy credit cards, rummage through your stuff and tell your husband you’re taking his money, interrogate you about $5K in cash you have on you, and now they’re pretending to be the DEA?! The TSA is like the new secret police. They’ll go through your stuff without any legal right and get you in trouble for the most harmless and ordinary of items. Had enough yet?
Wisconsin authorities say former talk show host and medical marijuana activist Montel Williams has been cited for possession of drug paraphernalia at General Mitchell International Airport in Milwaukee.

The Milwaukee County sheriff’s office says the Transportation Security Administration found Williams had a pipe commonly used for marijuana as he passed through a security checkpoint Tuesday.

The sheriff’s office says Williams paid the $484 citation and was released to continue his travel.

Williams has said he uses marijuana to relieve chronic pain caused by multiple sclerosis that was diagnosed in 1999. The 54-year-old has said he became an activist pushing for medical marijuana laws after being stopped at a Detroit airport years ago for carrying drug paraphernalia.

Messages left Tuesday for his attorney, Nina Shaw, were not immediately returned.