Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) today announced the fourth community forum as part of the campaign to educate and inform the state’s diverse minority communities about medical marijuana.
The forum will be held on Saturday, September 7, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., at the African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale.
The MMERI forums provide community members with an opportunity to engage in a two-way conversation with medical marijuana stakeholders. Community members will be able to ask questions and get answers from the diverse panel made up of:
Cynthia Hughes Harris, Ph.D.
Research Chair, MMERI,
Dean, School of Allied Health Sciences
Florida A&M University
Community Educator, Trulieve
Dovena Lazaridis, PharmD
Assistant Professor, FAMU College of Pharmacy
James Hill, D.O.
Lieutenant, Lauderhill Police Department
Jimmie Staten, Jr.
Senior Pastor, Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church
MMERI’s objective is to build a repository of research and other information for medical marijuana education and research scholars, to establish the University as a touchstone center for marijuana information, to fill in the gaps in medical marijuana research particularly as it relates to diverse communities and to inform public policy, in Florida and beyond.
MMERI recently awarded 14 grants totaling $98,000 to more than 20 faculty members to conduct research on marijuana, to enable FAMU’s MMERI to begin that process. The inaugural research projects are expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University,