Md. Medical Cannabis Commission launches patient open enrollment

The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission launched open enrollment Monday for the MMCC’s Patient Registry. Prior to Monday’s open enrollment launch, patients and caregivers could register based on the first letter of their last name in a phased rollout over the past two weeks. Approximately 4,000 patients and 100 caregivers have applied to register. (Daily Record)

Read Full Article

Authorities brace for more overdoses after Maryland deaths linked to elephant sedative

Health and law enforcement officials around the state are bracing for an uptick in drug overdoses as a deadly synthetic opioid only meant for use in large animals so has hit Maryland streets. The drug, carfentanil, already has been linked to two overdose deaths in Anne Arundel County and one in Frederick County. The drug is potent it was never meant for use in humans and is normally used as a tranquilizer for elephants, hippos and other large animals. It is 10,000 times more potent than morphine and 5,000 times more potent than heroin, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Light rail's promise remains unfulfilled - except on game days

Initially estimated at $290 million, project costs ballooned amid overruns and adjustments to appease neighborhoods and businesses. To cut opening costs to nearly $370 million, the decision was made to only use a single track on 9.4 miles of the line's northern stretch. The federal government paid $120 million for extensions south to BWI Airport, north to Hunt Valley and into Penn Station in 1997. A discussed extension to Annapolis never materialized. Eventual double-tracking and other upgrades brought the total price tag to about $680 million, the MTA told The Baltimore Sun in 2006. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

Baltimore City Council considers naming Oct. 4 for Henrietta Lacks

City Councilwoman Shannon Sneed wants every Oct. 4 in Baltimore to be known as "Henrietta Lacks Day," to observe the late woman's contribution to medical research through her cells. Sneed, of East Baltimore, filed legislation Monday to establish the commemorative day. Lacks, a mother of five from Turners Station, died more than 65 years ago of cervical cancer at age 31. Before her death, doctors at Johns Hopkins Medicine took her cells without her consent during a diagnostic procedure. Her cells, known as HeLa cells, have helped in the development of vaccines, cancer treatments and other medical advances. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

U.S. Holocaust Museum research center opens in Bowie

Between the Belair Mansion, the old Bowie Race Track property and multiple museums, Bowie is a repository of history. The city added a lot more history Monday. Officials with the U.S. Holocaust Museum dedicated the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center Monday, a $40 million storage and research facility that will house 99 percent of documents and artifacts held by the museum but not on display in Washington, D.C. The event took place on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. (Bowie Blade-News)

Read Full Article

In 1918, a U.S. Navy ship sank. Last week, a piece of it surfaced in Maryland.

The sunken treasure rested in a box inside another box inside an Audubon tote bag in Barry and Sharon Covington’s Potomac, Md., living room. About two dozen people milled around, most related by blood or marriage to the man whose portrait was propped up next to the fireplace: A. Vernon Jannotta. It was his treasure inside that box and everyone wanted to see it. On the night of July 19, 1918, Jannotta was a young Navy ensign assigned to the USS San Diego, a cruiser that escorted troop convoys to Europe during World War I. (Wash. Post)

Read Full Article

Baltimore tops 100 homicides before end of April for first time in two decades

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Baltimore reached 100 homicides for the year before the end of the April. Three new cases Monday pushed the number of victims counted for 2017 to 101. Among them was a fatal shooting near the Inner Harbor before daybreak Monday. As police discussed that case in the afternoon, a man was gunned down in East Baltimore, in the same block as a new senior center that was rebuilt after it burned while under construction during the rioting two years ago. (Balt. Sun)

Read Full Article

May 1 declared 'Zaching Day' in honor of Zach Lederer's fight against cancer

In honor of Zachary "Zach" Lederer, whose battle with cancer inspired the Zaching Against Cancer support and awareness foundation, Howard County Executive Allan Kittleman will declare May 1 "Zaching Day" in Howard County on what would mark Lederer's 24th birthday. The Zaching Against Cancer Foundation began shortly after January 2012 when a picture of the then 18-year-old College Park student, who was diagnosed with brain cancer, went viral. The photo captured Lederer doing the strongman pose in a hospital bed following surgery. His parents, John and Christine Lederer, said the pose became known as "Zaching," and they continued running the foundation after their son's death in March 2014. (Ho. Co. Times)

Read Full Article