Residents in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Surrounding Counties Encouraged to Attend Event
Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) is inviting residents from the Tampa Bay area and surrounding cities and counties to attend its eighth community forum in Tampa on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019.
The event is scheduled from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 North Nebraska Ave., Tampa and a continuation of MMERI’s campaign to educate and inform the state’s diverse communities about medical marijuana and the dangers of illegal marijuana use. The forum is free and open to the public.
Interim Executive Director Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., said the community forums offer invaluable opportunities to connect with the public.
“We want everyone to know the forum is their opportunity to talk directly to those persons who are important in the medical marijuana ecosystem: pastors, doctors, pharmacists, legislators, law enforcement and legal professionals,” Green-Powell said. “We hope everyone will come out and participate in the conversation. Our job is to convey what can be complex information in a way that everyone can understand. These forums are the first step in this process.”
The MMERI was launched in response to the Florida Legislature’s funding allocation to educate “minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.”
As part of the 2017 legislation, FAMU receives $10 for every $75 identification card purchased by individuals approved to buy medical marijuana.