Harford opioids becoming too dangerous to handle

The heroin being found at overdose scenes in Harford County is no longer being tested in the field – on the street, along the side of the road or in the precinct - because of the potential danger it poses to deputies handling it, the commander of the Harford County Task Force said this week. Those same dangers are also requiring that Harford County Sheriff's deputies carry a stronger antidote to counteract the effects of the more potent drugs. Every sample of heroin or synthetic opoiod is tested by trained detectives at one facility that has an air filtration system, according to Capt. Lee Dunbar, commander of the task force. (Aegis)

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April 26 // Medical examiner's office gets more staff to handle overdose deaths

The state medical examiner's office will begin a search Wednesday for additional examiners to help handle a sustained surge in fatal overdoses from opioids such as heroin and fentanyl. Faced with a overwhelming number of bodies needing an autopsy to determine the cause of death, examiners in Maryland have struggled to perform the procedures in a timely manner. (Balt. Sun)

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Patients can now begin to enroll for medical marijuana in Maryland

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission is holding an open enrollment period for its patient registry. There is currently no legal medical cannabis available in the state, but the commission estimates that medicine should be available to patients from licensed dispensaries starting late this summer, depending on the industry's licensing process. (News-Post)

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Worcester passes new poultry house regulations

The Worcester County Commissioners have voted unanimously to pass new regulations on poultry operations. The legislation targets the impact and size of operations, zoning them separately from other agricultural land uses. County Bill 17-3 requires a parcel of land to hold no more than eight poultry houses, be set back at least 200 feet from adjacent properties and have a vegetative buffer surrounding the property. (Daily Times)

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Renovation of county garage in Towson prompts legislation

Before Baltimore County decides to renovate county-owned garages or parking facilities, the County Council should get a look at the plans, according to legislation introduced by Councilman David Marks. The move comes in response to the renovation of the five-story Drumcastle Government Center garage, off York Road, in south Towson, that would expand the capacity of an existing, three-story parking structure. (Towson)

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Citizens have no comment at Baltimore County hearing on $3.5 billion budget

Baltimore County has more than 826,000 residents, but not one of them showed up Tuesday to tell the county how it should spend its $3.5 billion budget. The County Council held a public hearing in Towson to gather input on the budget, which will guide the county government's spending for the coming fiscal year starting July 1. While a few people were in the audience -- including two reporters, one school board member and a handful of others -- no one stepped up to speak. (Balt. Sun)

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Carroll County commissioners adopt proposed FY18 budget, move to public presentations

Carroll's Board of County Commissioners unanimously voted 5-0 to adopt the proposed fiscal year 2018 budget. This approval comes after weeks of work sessions and on the cusp of a set of public meetings before final approval in May. The commissioners met for about 45 minutes Tuesday to go over a few points, including possible funding for a countywide transportation study and for possible funding for Carroll County's Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory Inc., though neither idea moved forward. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Washington County approves issuing up to $13.78 million in bonds for projects

A bridge to extend Professional Boulevard over Antietam Creek and a police, fire and emergency services training facility are among the projects that will be at least partially funded by up to $13.78 million in bonds to be sold in the next few weeks. The Washington County Board of Commissioners voted 4-0 Tuesday to authorize the sale of the bonds. (Herald-Mail)

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