Tampa Police Chief Brian Dugan headlines a group of panelists for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) community forum scheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2019, in Tampa.
The panelists for the forum targeted to the Tampa-St. Petersburg community represent the issues individuals and families often consider when thinking about medical marijuana and the dangers of illegal marijuana use.
Other panelists include the Rev. Dr. Bartholomew Banks, Sr. of St. John Progressive Missionary Baptist Church, Tampa; Kelly Ennix King, MD, ReleafMD; Harrison Peters of Hillsborough County Public Schools, John Scrivens, Jr., Ph.D., RPh, of FAMU National Diamondback Pharmacy Alumni Council – Tampa Chapter; and Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., interim director FAMU MMERI.
The event will be held at the Robert W. Saunders, Sr. Public Library, 1505 North Nebraska Ave., Tampa. The forum is free and open to the public.
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.