Thank you for taking the time to visit our website and learn more about Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI). When the Florida Legislature beckoned, we welcomed the opportunity to establish MMERI as a vehicle for research and education on medical marijuana. Our specific charge is to inform Florida’s diverse communities about medical marijuana and about the impact that unlawful marijuana has on Florida’s communities of color.
At MMERI, our objectives are to ensure that the voices of Florida’s diverse communities are heard when policies are made, research is conducted, and that these communities benefit when medical usages are implemented. We are creating a repository to house the information that we are gathering and the findings from our research. As always, you can count on us to do high-quality research that will help inform legislative policy across the state, resulting in laws that will have positive impacts for all.
Transformation and innovation are terms used often in our strategic plan. This roadmap is designed to ensure that this institution is always at the forefront of success for our students, Florida and the nation. At FAMU we know that we have the expertise to address the issues driving this vast and burgeoning industry. As a land-grant institution with a statewide mission, we have engaged communities broadly and have students and alumni from all sectors of the great state of Florida. This history serves us well as we expand our education, research and service mission through the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative.
Larry Robinson, Ph.D.
“At MMERI, our objectives are to ensure that the voices of Florida’s diverse communities are heard when policies are made, research is conducted, and that these communities benefit when medical usages are implemented.”– Dr. Larry Robinson, President
Welcome to MMERI
Thank you for visiting mmeri.famu.edu, the website of Florida A&M University’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI). This is the starting point of MMERI’s mission to enhance the knowledge of Florida’s minority communities about the state’s nascent medical marijuana law (Section 381.986, Florida Statues) and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana.
It is our intention to educate people of color and inspire them to learn and talk about the positive attributes of medical cannabis, as well as help them better understand the legal and health consequences stemming from the unlawful use of marijuana.
Educate. Learn. Talk.
These actions form the pillars upon which the MMERI program builds relationships and trust with culturally and ethnically diverse communities throughout our state. Furthermore, they are essential to the efficacy of the four core components of MMERI’s mandate — Education, Community Engagement, Communication and Evidence-based Studies. Through these four components MMERI will increase knowledge, change attitudes, and transform perceptions about medical marijuana among minorities in Florida, resulting in their voices being heard when marijuana-related policies are developed.
I am incredibly proud of the work MMERI has done since its inception. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this program.
Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D.,
Interim Executive Director, MMERI