Florida A&M University (FAMU) board of trustees recently approved a new initiative that positions the institution as a central educational resource on the benefits of medical marijuana use as an alternate health remedy.

Peter Harris

The Marijuana Education and Research Initiative is supported by state legislation that grants FAMU a leading role in efforts to educate minority communities not only about the uses of medical marijuana, but also the consequences of illegal drug use, given disparities in the criminal justice system around marijuana criminalization.

Peter Harris, a business and government consultant on economic development and community revitalization issues, will oversee the initiative and serve as director of marijuana projects and the newly established Center for Marijuana Education and Research.

“Given the university’s historical

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