By Brian Howard
Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) will host its fourth episode of Conversations on Cannabis with a virtual forum at noon on Thursday, December 17.
The Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum is designed to educate, learn and talk with Floridians about the basics of marijuana for medical use and the unlawful use of marijuana. This month’s conversation will be with mental health professionals talking about ways to overcome stress and anxiety during the holiday season in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The fourth episode of the forum will be streamed on Streamyard and Facebook live, beginning at noon with introduction of the panel, featuring educator, mental health therapist, life strategist and thought enthusiast Aleshia Rowley, Ph.D.
Rowley has been a mental health clinician for over 13 years and specializes in depression and anxiety. As a professor at FAMU who is a content expert in a range of pathologies, she is committed to working with individuals, families and couples to identify the dysfunction causing debilitating issues in their lives.
“We look forward to this virtual forum and covering the issues of mental health,” said MMERI Director Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D. “Concerns have been raised by the public regarding mental health issues during the holiday season. As a result, our goal is to raise awareness of cannabis for medical use and inspire individuals to learn more and talk with others about cannabis for medical use.”
As the use of marijuana for medical use becomes more prevalent in our society, many questions have risen as to how marijuana can and should be used.
In this forum, host Heidi Otway will facilitate a consumer-focused conversation about mental health and medical marijuana as a potential treatment option. She will remind viewers that marijuana (adult use) is illegal in Florida and provide information about obtaining a medical marijuana card.
In November, MMERI focused on the topic of mental health awareness with four videos highlighting medical marijuana and mental health during the holiday season. To watch the views, visit the MMERI YouTube page at: https://bit.ly/3fWPyGc