Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) will host “Cannabis for Veterans” in the Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forum at noon, Thursday, July 22.
The episode will be streamed on Streamyard, Facebook Live and YouTube, and will feature a conversation with Cherissa Jackson, chief medical executive, AMVETS.
A passionate author and speaker, Jackson has more than 23 years of active-duty military service, including 10 years as a nurse in the U.S. Air Force. She served three combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan and now works as the chief medical executive for a national organization that advocates for the health and well-being of former military personnel.
“While research may be somewhat limited, there are suggestions that medical marijuana has become a progressive method of treatment for people who have been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly when it comes to anxiety and sleep disturbances,” MMERI Executive Director Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D., said.
Host Heidi Otway will facilitate the conversation, which is being held at a time when there is a nationwide push to help veterans with PTSD gain legal access to cannabis as a medical treatment.
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.