The mission of the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative is to educate and inform Florida’s minority communities about medical marijuana and the potential consequence to health and well-being from recreational use.
Florida A&M University will become the touchstone venue for research and education efforts to ensure Florida's minority communities are well informed about medical marijuana and recreational marijuana.
Aligned with the University's Strategic Priorities
Educate Florida's Diverse Minority Communities about Medical Marijuana and the Consequences of Unlawful Use of Marijuana
Increase the Body of Research that Promotes and Advances Knowledge about Medical Marijuana and the Consequences of Unlawful Use of Marijuana
Assessment and Evaluation
Conduct ongoing Assessment and Evaluation of the Effectiveness and Impact of the MMERI project
We all have a journey in life that takes
us to our destination. No matter what
route one takes, make sure it is a well-informed journey of your choice and not that
of another. Thanks, MMERI!
Dr. Candace Lewis-Shashikarshe, CED Mahogany Revue R&D Center
When it comes to cannabis, people
are subjected to harmful misinformation
that can lead to incarceration. Thanks to
MMERI, the material given is legit and informative. They're not just blowing smoke.
Bobby R. Henry, Sr., Publisher
FAMU MMERI's comprehensive information on marijuana for medical use
has proven to be a great educational source
for our readers. The research and insight
shared by medical experts have been invaluable in helping reduce the stigma in the
Jenise Griffin, Publisher
Florida Courier and Daytona Times
More people die from over-the-counter drugs than marijuana. Medical marijuana is a safe and effective drug to deal with stress, and marijuana has always helped to relieve stress.
Cyril Blythe Andrews lll, President-Owner
Florida Sentinel Bulletin
The partnership with the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative to promote the use of cannabis to our community has brought substantial educational
value to our readers, especially the fact that the program is
revealing important medicinal and health benefits.
Hugh Ferguson, Director of Sales
Caribbean National Weekly
LIVE Communications, Inc.'s (Capital Outlook
and Hallelujah 95.3FM) partnership with the FAMU
MMERI initiative has been a great way to get pertinent
information out to the community about cannabis.
Through this partnership we have been able to provide
our readers and listeners fact-based information on what
cannabis is, what it's used for, and the pros and cons of
both medicinal and non-medicinal cannabis from professionals in the business as well as from those who are
currently cannabis consumers.
Taralisha Sanders, General Manager
The knowledge about legal use of marijuana is important for the readers of Diario Las Americas because it helps to educate and break myths that marijuana and its derivative products are something that only interest people with addictions. This educational campaign allows people to learn that cannabis has medicinal purposes from which anyone can obtain benefits.
Iliana Lavastida, Executive Director
Diario Las Americas
The Florida Star now has a great partner in MMERI to
educate and bring common sense to the issues surrounding marijuana as it relates to health, culture, and legalization. We just say 'Know'.
Opio Sokoni, General Manager
The Florida Star
Our partnership with FAMU MMERI to provide
information and education about cannabis use in Florida is something that our Latino audience greatly needs.
Minority communities need more programs like this to
counter the misinformation about cannabis use.
Jose Pomales, General Manager Redemption Strategies Broadcasting LLC
WPUL 100.7 FM/1590 AM
WMBM Media Group is honored to partner with
MMERI as we provide empowering information to our
audience regarding the medicinal value of cannabis. It is
critical that our listeners understand the truths as we dispel the myths regarding its use.
Deb Toomer, Assistant General Manager WMBM Media Group
Gospel AM1490 WMBM
We are pleased to be a media partner of FAMU and
MMERI, helping them reach their audiences across many
Florida communities through our multiple audio assets,
including live radio, digital, and social.
Mark McCauley, Area President iHeartMedia West Palm Beach and Ft Myers
We appreciate the MMERI shows informing our listeners about the effects of medical marijuana. The shows
have increased our knowledge and explained the health
benefits as well as the risks involved. They have interviewed various professionals. I have found the shows helpful, educational and informative. Thank you for all you do
to educate our community.
Alice Lee, CEO Midway Broadcasting Company
Students and individuals who took the Basic Medical Marijuana Education Course.
21k + PSAs
Combined television and radio PSA placements. Aired 10 major media markets through the Florida Association of Broadcasters.
3 Virtual Forums
Streaming live to talk about medical marijuana and unlawful use of marijuana with diverse audiences across Florida
Conversations on Cannabis Virtual Forums
10 Speaking Engagements
In collaboration with community partners and organizations
The Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative is focused on educating the state's diverse minority communities about medical marijuana and the consequences of illegal use of marijuana. Funding is provided by the Florida Department of Health at the direction of the legislature.
Given the University's historical role in educating minority students, FAMU is in a unique position to educate Florida's diverse minority populations about medical marijuana. As a research institution, FAMU offers a vast platform and has the resources to study and understand the science of medical marijuana from diverse multilingual and multicultural perspectives.
The MMERI's role is to generate and provide information and research to scholars, and to share that information with the members of Florida's diverse minority communities in a variety of languages. As a touchstone for scholars on this subject, FAMU faculty is in a position to provide foundational as well as ongoing research studies. Every effort will be made to ensure that updates on the research done by FAMU faculty and others will be shared with communities across the state. The MMERI will maintain an interactive website, provide updates, and conduct community engagement to ensure face-to-face conversations on this important subject.
Community engagement and education are integral parts of the initiative. We began with relationship and coalition building with leaders, community groups, faith-based organizations, educational institutions, and others. We want you to know who we are and the goals and objectives of the initiative. Now, we are executing a state-wide campaign to include community forums, focus groups, speaker/listener bureaus, workshops, etc. Our staff and regional partners will be visible and active in your communities across the state.
We are forming coalitions throughout the state to effectively engage local stakeholders and to ensure the information reaches all concerned.
In addition to the Florida Department of Health, the University will work with a variety of FAMU academic partners, a state- wide network of community and faith-based organizations, a select group of consultants and other interested entities.
Our mandate from the state legislature is clear: "educate Florida's diverse minority communities about medical marijuana and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities." Analyses of data collected will demonstrate the efficacy of our outreach efforts to educate the communities. Contributions to the current literature on both aspects will enable FAMU to serve as a touchstone for diversity researchers throughout the state, the country, and globally.
Chapter 2017-232, Laws of Florida, charged Florida A&M University to "educate minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities."
381.986 Medical Use of Marijuana
Section 381.986, Florida Statutes (F.S.), better known as Florida's medical marijuana law, includes a funding provision that entrusts Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) with "educating minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities." The following excerpt from the statute set in motion the creation of FAMU's Medical Marijuana Education & Research Initiative. To read the entire statute, go to www.leg.state.fl.us/statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0300-0399/0381/Sections/0381.986.html