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Montel Williams is suing a number of “scam” medical-cannabis companies in Arizona he says used his face to sell products without his permission.
According to the complaint, a network of corporate entities, with names such as Secrets of ISIS and Advanceable Technology, linked to Timothy K. Isaac, are accused of using Williams’ likeness to hawk scam cannabidiol products and entrap customers into buying products that may not actually contain cannabidiol.
Isaac, a former weightlifter, pleaded guilty in 2009 to several charges, including one related to selling misbranded drugs. Isaac is named personally as a defendant in the suit.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is an active compound found in the cannabis plant; it has medicinal but no psychoactive properties.
Williams is a longtime medical-marijuana advocate. He started using the drug to ease symptoms associated with his multiple sclerosis in 1999 and founded Lenitiv Labs, a medical-marijuana company, earlier this year. It’s geared toward the California market, with plans to expand to other states.