Growing marijuana wholesale firm enters East Coast market through Maryland

A fast-growing e-commerce platform for cannabis businesses is entering the Maryland medical market, through some local dispensaries with a national presence. Maryland will be the first state on the East Coast to have access to LeafLink, a business-to-business wholesale platform that allows cannabis dispensaries to purchase product from local growers and processors. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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BGE proposes rate increase for natural gas delivery

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. proposed a rate increase that would boost the average residential gas and electric customer’s total bill by $5.77 per month and cover the utility’s costs for replacing aging natural gas pipelines, updating meters and other work. BGE filed a request Friday with the Maryland Public Service Commission to raise natural gas delivery rates an average of 3.5 percent. It last filed for a review by regulators in 2015, after which rates increased by $4.54 per month for the average customer in June 2016. The company is not requesting a change to electric rates. (Balt. Sun)

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B'More Greek Grill wins Carroll food truck competition; crowds turn out despite rain

At the voting booth Sunday afternoon, Carroll County Farm Museum volunteers Sue Olnick and Quinton Smith sat safe from the first rainstorm under an awning next to tables with paper slips and pencils. They ventured into the rain only to find different food truck items, bring them back, and decide their favorites. The Margherita pizza they ordered came from the winner of last year’s food truck competition, BricknFire Pizza Company and the Nutella-strawberry-walnut crepe came from Holy Crepes. (Carr. Co. Times)

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June 8 // Sinclair CEO expects decision soon on long-awaited Tribune acquisition

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. expects its heavily debated acquisition of Tribune Media Co. to close next month. The Hunt Valley-based broadcaster has been working for more than a year to get the deal completed. The Federal Communications Commission is nearing the end of a public comment period that ends on July 12. If the agency provides quick approval, Sinclair could complete the deal in late July, CEO Chris Ripley said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon following the company's annual shareholders meeting. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Opponents of Sinclair Broadcast takeover of Tribune Media protest outside shareholders meeting

Several dozen activists opposed to Sinclair Broadcast Group’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media staged a protest Thursday outside the broadcaster’s Hunt Valley headquarters as the company welcomed shareholders to its annual meeting. Opponents hoped to convince the Federal Communications Commission and the U.S. Department of Justice to reject the $3.9 billion deal. (Balt. Sun)

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Cordish: ‘Anybody’ would be interested in redeveloping Pimlico

David Cordish, CEO and chairman of The Cordish Cos., says Pimlico Race Course is perfectly situated to be transformed into a year-round entertainment venue capable of continuing to host the Preakness Stakes. Redeveloping the track to ensure it continues as host of the Preakness Stakes would appeal to “anybody,” Cordish said on Wednesday at a ceremony marking the opening of the inn portion of Live Hotel & Casino. (Daily Record)

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Emergent BioSolutions plans $50 million expansion to Baltimore facility

Maryland pharmaceutical firm Emergent BioSolutions Inc. has begun work on a $50 million expansion in Baltimore City. The multi-year expansion is expected to be completed in 2021, and will significantly increase the company's contract development and manufacturing capacity. This expansion is also anticipated to create up to 60 new jobs in the next three years. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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Developers of Towson Row announce hotel vendor, construction timeline goals

Developers of Towson Row say they hope to complete the hotel and student housing components of the project by fall 2020. The new timeline was announced Thursday at a construction kickoff event for the 5-acre site on York Road. Plans for Towson Row stalled after they were first announced in 2013, but county officials and developers say the project is now ready to move forward. (Balt. Sun)

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