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, founded on October 3, 1887, began classes with 15 students and two instructors. Today, FAMU is one of 12 institutions in Florida’s State University System and has nearly 10,000 students.
FAMU offers 54 bachelor’s degrees, 29 master’s degrees, 12 doctoral degrees and three professional degrees. The three professional degrees include the J.D., Pharm.D., and the Doctor of Physical Therapy. The 12 doctoral degree programs include 11 doctoral degrees and one Doctor of Public Health. The 11 doctoral programs are: biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, pharmaceutical sciences, physics, educational leadership, environmental science and entomology. For more information, visit FAMU.edu.