Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College Host Medical Marijuana Community Forum      

Shown l-r are panelist: Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D. (MMERI Interim Executive Director), Kenneth Davis, Ph.D (EWC Professor of Criminology), Samantha Thompson, PharmD (FAMU College of Pharmacy), Terel Newton, MD (Certified Cannabis Physician), Ragan Summers, MS Ed (Edward Waters College) and Pastor Jared Williams (Edward Waters College)

Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) held its 10th community forum as it continues its’ efforts to educate and inform the state’s diverse communities about medical marijuana and the dangers of illegal marijuana use.

The Jacksonville free and open to the public forum was held on February 27, 2020 at Edward Waters College Milne Auditorium,

MMERI Interim Executive Director Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D. stated “MMERI’s objective is to meet the consumer of information wherever they are, providing critical and information so the consumer can receive it at the most convenient time and in the most convenient way, for the consumer.”  Green-Powell adds, “we find the community really enjoys the forum format because they can get their questions answered on the spot, by highly qualified and skilled professionals who are also stakeholders in medical marijuana and the consequences of unlawful use of 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.”  As part of the 2017 legislation, FAMU receives $10 for every $75 identification card purchased by individuals approved to buy medical marijuana.


The MMERI forum provides community members with an opportunity to engage in a two-way conversation with community medical marijuana experts.  Community members will be able to ask questions and get answers from the diverse panel composed of:


For more info contact:

Carol Davis

FAMU Office of Communications



Angela Hardiman

Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative


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