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Florida A&M University Selects Learner Mobile to Help Educate Underserved Communities in the State of Florida About the Lawful Uses of Medical Marijuana


TALLAHASSEE, FL. October 26, 2022—Florida A&M University (FAMU), Medical Marijuana
Education and Research Initiative (MMERI) has implemented a free public educational platform,
in support of its legislative mandate, to educate Florida’s minority populations about marijuana
for medical use and the impact of the unlawful use of marijuana on minority communities.
FAMU MMERI and Learner Mobile have teamed up to bring readily accessible, easily
consumable, on-demand information about marijuana to the public. Through the platform, users
will discover that MMERI provides new content topics, educational podcasts with guest speakers,
such as physicians, law enforcement, medical marijuana practitioners, and other credible

“We are excited to launch this dynamic and engaging learning experience in support of MMERI’s
legislative mandate,” said FAMU Vice President for Research and MMERI Principal Investigator,
Charles Weatherford, Ph.D. “The interactive platform includes information on obtaining a medical
marijuana card, where to purchase it, community events and outreaches, laws and regulations,
medical marijuana use for people with addiction, athletes, military veterans with PTSD, and even

MMERI also offers in-person community forums and virtual Conversations on Cannabis on
YouTube and Facebook Live. These educational initiatives provide opportunities for the public to
engage in discussions on medical marijuana and the impact of unlawful use of marijuana.
Medical marijuana has been a national topic of discussion for some time and was legalized in
Florida in 2016. In 2017, the Florida Legislature charged FAMU with the responsibility of educating
diverse communities about the lawful and unlawful uses of medical marijuana. As a result, MMERI
was established to carry out the mandate as decreed in the statute.

“This ‘MMERI On-Demand’ education platform will help inform minorities and diverse populations
across our great State about medical and unlawful marijuana use, as well as its socio-economic,
legal, public policy, and health care impact,” MMERI Interim Executive Director GP Mendie added.
“We are appreciative and proud of the unique leadership role Florida A&M University holds in the
cannabis space.”

To learn more, please visit for access to the learner experience.

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) is a public, Historically Black College and
University (HBCU), located in Tallahassee, Florida. What distinguishes FAMU from other
universities is its legacy of providing access to a high-quality, affordable education with programs
and services that guide students toward successfully achieving their dreams. FAMU is part of the
State University System of Florida and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
Schools Commission on Colleges.

Learner Mobile is an award-winning next-generation learning platform that gets the right
information to the right person at the perfect time so they are enabled with knowledge that helps
them succeed. Because of its accessibility on any device, Learner Mobile delivers just-in-time
content in bite-sized formats to modern learners where they work and live. Learner Mobile believes
everyone is worthy, but not everyone is seen and that everyone has potential, but not everyone is
grown. That’s why Learner Mobile is committed to developing everyone regardless of their
socioeconomic circumstance.

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: 

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