Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI): What You Should Know
Michelle Wilson, MBA, Certified Notary Public, Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI), Florida A&M University
This presentation will provide an overview and update on the Public Education Plan for the Florida A&M University (FAMU) Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI)’s ongoing assessment and evaluation of the statewide impact of its engagements, programs, course curriculum, and activities. In July 2020, the FAMU MMERI launched an integrated Public Education Plan for the fiscal year 2020-2021 and 2022, that includes results-based approaches to Educate, Learn and Talk about marijuana with minority and diverse audiences, statewide. Also, a review of the FAMU MMERI’s three key components (Education, Community Engagement, and Communication) will be discussed.
Mrs. Michelle Wilson serves as Coordinator of Education, Training, and Community Engagement for the FAMU’s Medical Marijuana Education and Research Initiative (MMERI). She is responsible for coordinating statewide outreach initiatives and collaborating with all stakeholders under the auspices of the Executive Director, Dr. Patricia Green-Powell.
Michelle is passionate about her role as the community advocate charged to educate minority communities about the use of medical cannabis and the unlawful use of marijuana. The FAMU MMERI program is the only program in Florida that the legislature mandated to conduct such an important and impactful community initiative.
Michelle, a Gainesville native who spent her childhood in Tampa, Florida, earned a degree in business economics from FAMU and Capella University, MBA. During her time at FAMU, she met her husband, Errol. The couple has been married for 30 years and is blessed by their three adult children (Joshua, Charity, and Aaron). She is a proud member of the Chi Upsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, the Tallahassee Southside Rotary, the League of Women Voters, and volunteers as her family’s team leader for the March of Dimes.
Ms. Wilson enjoys making a direct impact on the lives of those she serves, as exemplified in one of her favorite quotes.
“My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive, and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” - Maya Angelou