County patients finding relief with medical marijuana

Tucked into the rolling farm fields of Warwick is likely Maryland’s largest medical marijuana grow facility, where some 100,000 plants bask in the sunshine under a state-of-the-art greenhouse. This is SunMed Growers LLC, the vision of Jake Van Wingerden, a third generation greenhouse grower who started Tidal Creek Growers in Earleville in 2002. (Cecil Daily)

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Maryland to receive another $10 million in federal funding for opioid crisis

Maryland will receive another $10 million in federal funding to help combat the ongoing opioid crisis. The grant is part of $485 million in funding being awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services to all 50 states and four U.S. territories. The funding piggybacks off $10 million the state received last year from DHHS to fight the opioid epidemic. (Balt. Bus. Journal)

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OC wrestling with including pot in smoking ordinance

With the relaxing of marijuana laws in recent years, coupled with the proliferation of legal medical marijuana dispensary outlets in the area, resort officials are wrestling with how to fit weed into the town’s smoking ordinance. A few years back, Ocean City passed an ordinance banning smoking in most public areas, particularly on the beach and Boardwalk, except within 15 feet of designated smoking areas. (Dispatch)

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Baltimore police chief apologizes for 200 years of policing at Eric B & Rakim show, gets frosty reception

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh and Police Commissioner Darryl De Sousa took the stage during the reunion tour for hip-hop act Eric B. & Rakim at Baltimore Soundstage on Wednesday night, and videos of the appearance posted to social media suggest they didn't exactly get a warm reception. Videos posted to Instagram show De Sousa making a brief speech to say sorry about how police have treated black communities since the nation’s founding. (Balt. Sun)

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Mayor: Frederick City ‘having conversations’ about whether to join federal lawsuits against opioid manufacturers and distributors

Mayor Michael O’Connor said city officials are discussing whether Frederick will join roughly 200 other cities, counties and states across the country in suing a number of drug manufacturers and distributors for their potential roles in contributing to the nationwide opioid epidemic. “We are considering what our options are in that regard,” O’Connor said Thursday in response to a direct question about the federal litigation and the city’s potential to become part of it. (News-Post)

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Carroll commissioners continue to grapple with FY19 budget: 'Where is that money going to come from?'

With one week until the release of the fiscal year 2019 proposed budget, the Board of County Commissioners continues to hit roadblocks and struggles as it tries to determine priorities, find money to fund requests outside of the recommended budget and end up with a balanced budget for not just FY19, but for the years to come as well. Commissioners met for a combined six hours Thursday to continue to work through the budget — which comes in this year at $407.6 million — often butting heads and becoming frustrated in a budget process that has been more challenging than that of the previous year. (Carr. Co. Times)

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Somerset launches Trail Mix mobile park app

Information about Somerset County’s trails, town loops and parks will be available to walkers and visitors on the go with the debut of the new Somerset Trail Mix App, available on both Apple and Android platforms. Clint Sterling, director of Somerset County Recreation & Parks, said all the information walkers need can now be in the palms of their hands. (Daily Times)

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April 19 // City imposes $464,000 fine for unauthorized demolition of historic West Baltimore building

Baltimore’s housing department has imposed a $464,000 fine on the owner of a historic building in West Baltimore that city officials say was demolished without government permission. The former St. Vincent’s Infant Asylum, which had been converted into apartments and was vacant, was torn down in February. The city’s Department of Housing and Community Development launched an investigation. Councilman Eric Costello, whose district includes the building, shared a statement this week on social media from the department about the penalty. Housing officials confirmed that the penalty had been imposed. (Balt. Sun)

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