The dawning of medical marijuana’s legalized status was the topic of Tuesday morning’s Coffee and Conversation program at Pride Center.

Yvette Bustamante, patient advocate for Fort Lauderdale-based Sun Valley Certification Clinic, and Stephanie Kronen, physician outreach liaison for Miami dispensary Curaleaf, spoke to the senior group.  

“Our job is to help everyone navigate this new world of medical marijuana,” Kronen said.

A one-year certification for patients cost $175, Bustamante said, followed by an additional $75 fee to the State of Florida. Currently, Broward County has a moratorium on medical marijuana. Qualifying conditions for medical marijuana are: PTSD, Cancer, Glaucoma, Epilepsy, severe chronic illness, terminal conditions, HIV/AIDS, ALS, Crohn’s, Parkinson’s and Multiple Sclerosis.

Medical marijuana, Kronen said, is available for consumption in capsules, vapor, topical creams and oils. Smoking and edibles are not permitted per Florida regulations.

Elsewhere, Pride Center Chief Executive Officer Robert Boo announced the center will be part of Friday’s World AIDS Day Vigil & Remembrance Walk. Participants should meet Dec, 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Hagen Park in Wilton Manors.

Pride Center Development Director Roger Roa announced two fundraisers were set for Saturday, Dec. 2. The first, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Macy’s Galleria Fort Lauderdale store will feature models and food and later from 6 to 9 p.m., Lucky’s Supermarket in Oakland Park is hosting a “drink and shop” themed fundraiser benefitting the center.

Next week’s sponsor is TBA. For more information, contact Bruce Williams, Senior Services Coordinator at 954-463-9005, ext. 109.