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FAMU holds 4/20 informational forum on medical marijuana

Representatives from local dispensaries like Curaleaf and Trulieve attended, as well as members of an organization called Minorities for Medical Marijuana.
Published: Apr. 20, 2022 at 8:02 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - April 20 marks the unofficial holiday for marijuana. One group at FAMU is taking advantage of the extra attention to educate people.

The university held an event Wednesday highlighting the booming medical marijuana industry..

FAMU is not necessarily advocating for people to use medical marijuana. Instead, their goal is to help people to make informed decisions about whether this could be a good option for them.

Recreational marijuana is not legal in Florida.

Tens of thousands of Americans are incarcerated on cannabis-related charges, a disproportionate number of whom are people of color.

Michelle Wilson, education coordinator for FAMU’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative, hopes that by informing individuals about legal uses of the drug, the university can help prevent this number from rising.

“We want to make sure individuals learn the facts about medical marijuana and how to go about getting a card with the Department of Health if they believe that they have some of the qualified conditions,” Wilson said.

The event was part of a mandate from the state legislature.

Representatives from local dispensaries like Curaleaf and Trulieve attended, as well as members of an organization called Minorities for Medical Marijuana.

That group helps provide resources for those who are looking to break into the cannabis industry.

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