This week’s episode of Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) MMERI Forum Radio gives listeners some insight into how FAMU became a partner in the state’s efforts to raise awareness about medical marijuana and the impact of illegal marijuana use among minority communities.
The program features state Sen. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, who discusses his personal journey and how it led him to support medical marijuana. An attorney, Rouson also talks about how FAMU was selected to inform and educate the state’s diverse minority communities through research, education, community engagement and communications.
Co-hosting this week’s show are Angela Hardiman, MMERI public affairs liaison, and Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., MMERI interim executive director.
MMERI Forum Radio is a half-hour weekly radio program that airs on Friday and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. on FAMU’s WANM Radio 90.5 FM in Tallahassee and Gadsden counties; Friday at 5:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. on WILD Radio 95.5 FM in West Palm Beach and the Treasure Coast and Sunday at 7 a.m. on WHBX Radio 96.1 in Leon, Gadsden, Jefferson and Wakulla counties. The program is also available 24/7 on the iHeart podcasting platform HERE.
MMERI Forum Radio is an expansion of its successful community forums designed to inform and educate the public about medical marijuana and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on Florida’s diverse communities. The initial programming consists of an 8-episode series featuring conversations with pastors, law enforcement, legislators, pharmacists and medical doctors discussing medical marijuana and marijuana.
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.”