Gaskins: State Still Keeping Minorities Out of the Medical Cannabis Business

On Thursday, the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission’s Policy Committee will consider changing its regulations to allow a licensed cannabis cultivator to open a second cultivation facility — while minority-owned companies are left shut-out, as they have been for the last five years. This change must be rejected. It undermines the legislation, which allows a licensee to operate from one location and accommodates their move to another location. (Md Matters)

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EDITORIAL: Election judges in critically short supply: Return to mail-in voting

If Gov. Larry Hogan can tear himself away from the weighty duties of promoting his newly-released autobiography this week, he might want to take note of what’s happening in Howard County where poll workers are in a short supply reminiscent of the supermarket bathroom tissue aisle in the early days of the pandemic. To suggest matters have grown desperate only understates the case. (Balt Sun)

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Will: Biden’s election will end national nightmare 2.0

Moments after becoming president on Aug. 9, 1974, Gerald Ford said, “Our long national nightmare is over.” Having served a quarter-century in Congress, he understood that presidents are to “take care” that laws produced by the first branch of government are “faithfully executed.” The nation in 1974 was eager for a collegial respite from the gladiatorial strife that had consumed the country during urban disorders and the Watergate stew of scandals. (Wash Post)

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EDITORIAL: Older poll workers are afraid to work this fall. Younger Americans should step up.

With fewer than 100 days until the November election, officials are scrambling to figure out how to safely conduct an election during a public health crisis. At this point, several key issues are largely the province of government officials, such as ensuring that ballots are sent to voters in a timely manner and implementing hygiene protocols at polling locations. But ordinary Americans can address a major issue: a shortage of poll workers. (Wash Post)

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Barnes, Ebersole, Solomon & Zucker: Maryland’s child-care centers need the state’s help to survive

Child care is the workforce behind the workforce. Nearly four out of every 10 workers age 18 to 64 in Maryland have a child under the age of 18. Without a robust, safe, high-quality child-care system, families cannot return to work, and our economy will not recover. In Maryland, we’re witnessing a slow-moving disaster that will devastate our child-care community, leaving families to choose between their jobs and properly caring for their children. (Wash Post)

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Thiessen: The fight for civil rights isn’t a rejection of America’s founding. John Lewis knew that.

Perhaps the most poignant moment in this week’s commemoration of Rep. John Lewis’s life was seeing him cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time in a horse-drawn caisson, while a line of Alabama state troopers stood at the other end of the bridge — this time to honor him rather than beat him. It was a testament to just how far this country had come since Bloody Sunday in 1965. (Wash Post)

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Bratton: There’s a name for the Washington football team that could end an insult and honor black heroes

In a potentially watershed moment when this nation — perhaps unwillingly — seems prepared to revisit its racial outlook, an overdue name change could play an important role. It offers a chance to not only erase a prominent symbol of white racism but also replace it with an icon of African American heroism. The football team in our nation’s capital should change its name to the Washington Red Tails. (Wash Post)

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Hooper: Baltimore teacher ‘distraught’ about kids missing more classroom time

Last week, Baltimore City Public Schools announced that it will be opening the school year virtually and delaying plans for hybrid in-person instruction. Schools CEO Sonja Santelises based this difficult decision off of the current public health conditions, in addition to feedback received from families in a variety of virtual town halls and surveys throughout the summer. This announcement echoes similar plans for reopening schools in Montgomery and Prince George’s County, in addition to many other school jurisdictions throughout the country. (Balt Sun)

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