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
Dr. Patricia Green-Powell
Interim Executive Director
As a long-time educator, I know first-hand the importance of knowledge and information and how they help drive the success of families. That is why I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Florida A&M University’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative.
We have two objectives. First, to empower our first-rate researchers to study this issue with you in mind, and to fill the gaps in current research to make sure that communities of color are considered when policy is made. Second, to educate and inform Florida’s diverse communities in every way that we can about medical marijuana and the impact of unlawful marijuana on our communities. That’s why you’ll find us in the church, on the radio, on television, at the community center, in the schools and even in online education. We are committed to you and to improving your life and that of your family.
Throughout our history, FAMU has always been the trusted-convener of Florida’s diverse minority communities; we remain steadfast in this charge. Our efforts are multifaceted, intentional, and include an important community engagement aspect. The great work of FAMU will be woven into the fabric of medical marijuana in the state of Florida, with you in mind.
Patricia Green-Powell, Ph.D.
Interim Executive Director, MMERI