“To this day, I still bear the scars from seven oxycontin a day.”

That’s what talk show host turned medical marijuana advocate Montel Williams told a room during a South by Southwest talk on Monday.

After The Montel Williams Show came to an end, Williams has remained in the public eye. But instead of helping others, he’s gotten involved in in the medical marijuana debate – something he said he’s done for “selfish” reasons.

For 17 years, he has testified and spoken to the media about his experience with multiple sclerosis and subsequent drug use. At some point, he started using medical marijuana, which he said has helped him tremendously.

On the struggle for people like him to get medical marijuana laws passed statewide and nationwide, Williams said, “there is a movement to take medicine out of the hands of your loved ones.”

“There are people who need marijuana for medical use,” Williams said. “You can’t remain silent. You need to speak up for people who this is the only choice they have.”

Here in Texas, House Bill 2107 and Senate Bill 269 have been filed in the legislature to allow seriously ill patients access to medical marijuana if their doctors recommend it.

While Texans with conditions such as Williams lobby for medical marijuana legalization in the state, there’s another group of Texans asking for change: Texas veterans.

In February, a group delivered a letter signed by 1,400 Texas veterans to Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asking him to consider legislation that would allow the use of marijuana as an alternative to prescription drugs in the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, chronic pain and other service-related conditions.