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

 For Immediate Release  Contact:  Rick Abbruzzese  410-790-5002  Kate Leisner    410-685-7080   Maryland Wholesale Medical Cannabis Trade Association (MedCan) Established to Advocate for Improved Public Health, Patient Access, Advancement of Science Maryland medical cannabis growers and processors establish association to create transparency, accountability, and consistency in the state’s medical cannabis industry 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. “MedCan is committed to fostering a favorable social, economic and legal climate for the responsible advancement of medical cannabis to improve public health and patient access in Maryland,” said Sue Quintero, Chairwoman of MedCan’s Board of Directors. “All... Continue reading
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Thanks House Judiciary Committee; Jake’s Law Moves to Full House

On Wednesday evening, the House Judiciary Committee passed Jake’s Law, sending it to the full House of Delegates for a vote.  With Committee Chairman Joe Vallario’s support and a few amendments, the action now moves to the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, chaired by Senator Brian Frosh.Jake’s Law’s sponsor Luke Clippinger was joined by almost every member of the Judiciary Committee, as the bill passed 18-3.  Voting against Jake’s Law were Del. Glen Glass of Cecil/Harford Counties; Del. Neil Parrott of Washington County; and Del. Michael Smigiel of the Eastern Shore.Center Maryland appreciates the Committee’s support for reducing cellphone distracted driving deaths and injuries.Judiciary Committee Members who voted in support of Jake's Law include:Del. Joseph Vallario – Prince George’s/Calvert CountiesDel. Luke Clippinger – Baltimore CityDel. Kathleen Dumais – Montgomery CountyDel. Curt Anderson – Baltimore CityDel. Sam Arora – Montgomery CountyDel. John Cluster – Baltimore CountyDel. Michael McDermott – Wicomico/Worcester CountiesDel. Sandy Rosenberg... Continue reading
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Support Jake’s Law

As we have written before, Center Maryland is supporting Jake’s Law to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by cellphone distracted driving. Jake’s Law is named for 5-year old Jake Owen, who was killed when his family’s car was rear-ended by an SUV with a driver who admitted he was distracted on his cellphone. You may have read about Jake’s family on the front page of Monday’s Washington Post. Until Jake's Law passes the General Assembly, Center Maryland will let you know how our legislators are voting.  Right now, supporters – including its sponsor Delegate Luke Clippinger – are working to get it through the House Judiciary Committee. Chairman Joe Vallario has not yet said whether he will allow a vote, or whether he supports Jake’s Law. The driver who caused Jake’s death only received two traffic tickets and a fine. This is what usually happens in Maryland today when texting... Continue reading
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