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Media Awareness Project Drug News
  1. US MD: Maryland's Medical Cannabis Program Technically Bans Food

    Baltimore Sun, 06 Sep 2018 - Maryland has banned food from its medical cannabis program but it still provides ways for patients to ingest the drug. Dave hadn't slept for more than three hours straight after a series of botched surgeries 18 years ago left him with chronic pain so intense it kept him awake at night. Relief was hard to come by -- until he made a tray of marijuana-infused brownies. Half of a small fudgy square was enough to put him to sleep for 14 hours.
  2. US MD: Vaping May Lead To Pot Smoking Among Teens, New Study Shows

    Baltimore Sun, 24 Apr 2018 - Teens who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to try marijuana in the future, especially if they start vaping at a younger age, a new study shows. More than 1 in 4 teenagers who reported e-cigarette use eventually progressed to smoking pot, according to the survey of more than 10,000 teens.
  3. US MD: Maryland Medical Examiner's Office Corrects Contracting Issues

    Baltimore Sun, 11 Apr 2018 - The state medical examiner's office, which has been stretched by the opioid overdose epidemic, let some compliance issues slip in recent years, potentially costing the state extra money, according to a routine review by state auditors. The audit, spanning three and a half years and ending in September, found that the office didn't not follow required competitive bidding processes in purchasing some medical supplies, wasn't properly monitoring mileage charged by vendors to transport bodies and was not properly restricting employee access to the office's payment system.
  4. US MD: CBD Is Cannabis That Won't Get You High. So Why Are So Many

    Baltimore Sun, 30 Mar 2018 - In a lowlit room at Joy's Spa in Washington, Dawn Franklin is smoothing a creamy white mask onto Jessica Osorio's face. The mask, she says, is infused with chamomile and sage and aloe vera, plus one ingredient that she still has to explain to her clients: CBD. An aesthetician, Franklin started working with an Oregon chemist last year to make CBD products for the skin, believing that a little of it swiped onto the face could help repair the ravages of age.
  5. US MD: Editorial: Untangling The Knot Of Md. Medical Pot

    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.
  6. US MD: No Medical Marijuana Dispensaries In Harford Yet

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

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

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

    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.