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Published: Fri, 23 Mar 2018 22:30:31 -0700

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US MD: Editorial: Untangling The Knot Of Md. Medical Pot

Mon, 12 Mar 2018 07:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 12 Mar 2018 - A bill in the Maryland General Assembly had sought to add more black firms to the state's regulated medical marijuana industry. Instead it might end up favoring existing players -- nearly all of whom are white-owned companies.

US MD: No Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Harford Yet

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 01 Mar 2018 - No medical marijuana dispensaries have come to Harford County yet, but two companies have applied for county government approval to open their respective businesses in Joppa and Street, plus a dispensary has already opened just across the Susquehanna River in Perryville. Dispensaries must have a state license before they open and two dispensaries are allowed in each of Maryland's 47 state Senate districts.

US MD: Legalizing Marijuana, Other Pot Proposals Await Action In

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 26 Feb 2018 - Pot is hot for Maryland lawmakers in Annapolis this year. The General Assembly is considering more than two dozen bills on marijuana -- or cannabis, as the substance is called when used as a medicine.

US MD: Editorial: It's Not Whether Maryland Will Legalize Marijuana

Tue, 27 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 27 Feb 2018 - There isn't a better reader of the tea lives in Annapolis than Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller. He's been saying for a couple of years now that legalization of recreational marijuana in Maryland -- something that seemed like a far-out idea when former Del. Heather Mizeur made it a central plank of her 2014 gubernatorial campaign -- is inevitable. We're inclined to believe him. Public attitudes on the drug have shifted rapidly in recent years, and it is now legal for recreational use in nine states and (sort of) Washington, D.C. The most recent polls on the issue report that about 60 percent of Maryland voters support legalization. At least four of the seven Democrats running to unseat Gov. Larry Hogan have voiced support for some form of it. But legalization still may not happen as fast as proponents might like. With the exception of Vermont, every state that has legalized recreational marijuana has done so through a ballot initiative, often over the objections of governors and legislative leaders.The only kind of referendum that's allowed under Maryland's constitution is one in which voters petition to repeal a new law that the General Assembly has enacted; there is no mechanism for voters to directly propose legislation. That means supporters of recreational marijuana will need to convince 71 members of the House of Delegates and 24 senators (though in reality, probably 29 to avoid a filibuster) to vote for legalization. If the governor isn't on board and vetoes the bill, the threshold goes up. Given the cautiousness of many lawmakers when it comes to an issue like this, that's a heavy lift.

US MD: Column: Rodricks: Baltimore Should Call Off The War On Drugs

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 20 Feb 2018 - Would Baltimore be better off if we called off the war on drugs? Yes. There would almost certainly be less violence here. The downside: Barring a sudden and significant change in the city's economic base that could lead to more jobs for men who have been involved in the illegal narcotics trade, we would still have too many neighborhoods with open-air drug markets. But first things first. Let's deal with the violence.

US MD: Baltimore Police Corruption Trial Reveals Deep Reach Of City's

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 13 Feb 2018 - One target drove a Mercedes and lived in a waterfront condo on Boston Street; another was homeless, essentially living out of a storage unit where he kept his money balled up in a sock. One lived with his extended family in a house he bought with a lead poisoning settlement; yet another had a half-million-dollar home on two acres of land in Westminster. The circumstances of the people who were targeted for robbery by the Baltimore Police's Gun Trace Task Force ranged widely, according to witnesses in the federal trial of two of its former members. The sums allegedly taken went from three figures up to six.

US MD: Industrial Hemp Advocates Hope This Is Their Year In Annapolis

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 02 Feb 2018 - The industrial hemp plant has a lot of boosters. They praise it for its hardiness and versatility. They say its oils yield food and medicine, its fibers produce clothing and plastic-like auto parts. They contend that when planted strategically, it can absorb manure and other pollutants before they flow into the Chesapeake Bay.

US MD: Kratom: An Old Plant Sparks A New Challenge

Sat, 16 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 16 Dec 2017 - When Anne Arundel police seized 158 grams of kratom, a plant from Southeast Asia used medicinally for centuries, it was the first time it was seized in a county investigation, according to police. Officers arrested Michaela Elizabeth Gran, 21, and Chase Seven Gran, 23, both of Glen Burnie, on Tuesday after they said the two were found with small amounts of narcotics as well as the 158 grams of kratom. Its seizure caused some confusion, as the drug is legal in Maryland and can be bought for $1 for a pill-sized capsule in local smoke shops. That, and how many people have ever heard of kratom?

US MD: FAQ: What You Need To Know About Medical Marijuana In Maryland

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Baltimore Sun, 07 Dec 2017 - Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland. Here's what you need to know about it. Medical marijuana is now available in Maryland, more than four years after the General Assembly passed a law legalizing it.