Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND (January 6, 2017) – The Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) announced today that it has been established to advocate for improved public health, patient access, and the advancement of science within the state’s medical cannabis industry. MedCan founding members are among growers and processors of medical cannabis selected for preliminary licenses by the Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission.

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Celebrating Steve's 60th

On January 1, our dear friend and brother Steve Kreseski would have celebrated his 60th birthday. Steve is never far from our minds, and at this time of year, we are reminded of the many people he helped through his work. He would have been so excited by the focus of the Steve Kreseski Victory Fund and by how many people have so generously donated to help us reach our $50,000 goal by the end of this year. The work supported by these donations would have meant so much to Steve: the research in lung healing, pulmonary disease and acute lung disease that is moving forward because of the gifts given by his family, friends, colleagues and loved ones. (UMSOM)

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Maryland Ranked 18th in America's Health Rankings

Successes: In Maryland, we are observing a decrease in preventable hospitalizations, excessive drinking and disparity in health status by education. Challenges: In addition to growing rate of drug deaths, the state continues to struggle with high rates of violent crime, a prevalence of low birth weight and high infant mortality. (United Health Foundation)

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Mayor Pugh Cajoles Commissioner Davis to launch new safety patrol during City-wide bus tour

Mayor-Elect Catherine E. Pugh of Baltimore: "Reflections from Cabinet as we approach City Hall. Thanks Commisioner Davis (BPD) and Dr. Wen (BCHD) for shining a bright light on wholistic public safety and crime preventions solutions, like Safe Streets and the Western District Police District Redesign. Looking forward to working together to ensure the best for our residents." (

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Rick Abbruzzese: Reason First

In the shockwave following the U.S. presidential election, many Americans found it far too easy to ignore the election results in Europe this week, choosing to focus instead on our President-elect's Twitter. However, after Brexit and then Trump, I was looking to the elections in Austria and Italy this past Sunday to somehow convince me that the world had not, in fact, gone mad.

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Dr. Leana S. Wen: Fast tracking Baltimore's fight against AIDS

This week, Baltimore celebrates World AIDS Day, honoring the memories of those lost to HIV/AIDS and recommitting to the fight to eliminate this tragic disease. For decades, Baltimore City has been on the frontlines of the nation’s HIV/AIDS epidemic. In our City, there are an estimated 13,000 residents diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. For us, HIV/AIDS is not just a health issue—it is one of justice and equity. It also requires innovative, community-driven approaches to save lives.

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MedChi, NAMI Release Public Service Announcement To Urge Marylanders To Ask The Right Questions During Open Enrollment

The Maryland State Medical Society (MedChi) and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) released a public service announcement urging Maryland citizens to ask the right questions during the current open enrollment period. Open enrollment, which begins this week, is a time for Marylanders to buy, change or renew their qualified health plan for 2017. Read Full Article 

Karen Barbour: Why we support a vibrant downtown Columbia

As the founders of Alliance for Hispanic Commercial Contractors (AHCC), we know that over 6% of Howard County residents identify as Hispanic, and that the Hispanic population is growing every year. The AHCC is dedicated in promoting the growth, prosperity and participation of Hispanic Commercial Contractors in commercial and government procurement contracts through education, training and guidance, especially here in the Mid-Atlantic region. Read Full Article