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Educating Minorities About Marijuana for Medical Use and the Consequences of Unlawful Use of Marijuana

Patricia Green-Powell
Florida A&M University

Objectives: Florida A&M University (FAMU) established the Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) to educate minorities about marijuana for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana, pursuant to Sec. 381.986 F. S. This presentation provides an overview of how MMERI, has educated and engaged individuals throughout the State of Florida, using on-site classes, print and broadcast media, over myriad communications channels, including the MMERI website (, podcasts and videocasts. After the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic, MMERI moved to online technologies, including an E-Newsletter and Conversations on Cannabis, a virtual forum broadcast over Zoom, to expand its education, communication and community engagement reach throughout Florida. In addition to the number of events, minorities and Floridians served, and percentage ethnically, the facilitator will reveal numerical findings and qualitative insight derived from pre/post assessments, as well as satisfaction surveys.

1 Comment

  1. Amie Goodin

    Dear Dr. Green-Powell,
    Have you found that community members that participate in your outreach and education activities are typically willing to fill out surveys or provide information about their needs and/or history? This seems like it would be challenging to collect information.

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