Judge orders temporary halt to new Maryland medical marijuana licensing

Maryland’s medical marijuana program faces a potential new delay after a judge Thursday ordered a temporary halt to the program pending a hearing as part of a lawsuit that alleges regulators failed to consider racial diversity in licensing businesses. Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams granted a temporary restraining order barring the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission from granting new li­censes to grow medical marijuana until a June 2 hearing. The lawsuit by Alternative Medicine Maryland, a majority-black-owned company that failed to get didn’t get a license, argues that regulators failed to consider minority ownership despite a legal mandate to “actively seek to achieve” racial and ethnic diversity. (Wash. Post)

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Poverni Sheikh Group moves forward with plans to redevelop North Howard Street property

Poverni Sheikh Group has been selected by the Baltimore Development Corp. to move forward with plans to redevelop five blighted properties on North Howard Street. The Baltimore-based developer has proposed redeveloping the connected properties in the 400 block of N. Howard St. into five street-level storefronts topped with 39 market-rate apartments called Howard Row. Poverni has proposed purchasing the set of three-story buildings for $75,000. The proposal was one of five responses to a request for proposals from BDC and one of three proposals the board considered for bringing life to a vacant and blighted property. (Balt. Sun)

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Wind farm developers accept Maryland's terms to move forward with projects off Ocean City

The developers of two wind farms planned off the coast of Ocean City are moving forward with their projects, accepting terms Maryland regulators laid out earlier this month in allowing them to collect subsidies from the state's electricity customers. Deepwater Wind and U.S. Wind have both notified the Public Service Commission that they have agreed to invest a collective $115 million in manufacturing facilities and port upgrades around Sparrows Point in southeastern Baltimore County, and to contribute $6 million to a state offshore wind business development fund. That spending was among the conditions the commission placed on the companies if they wanted to collect millions of dollars in ratepayer subsidies each year. (Balt. Sun)

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Knorr Brake to add 200 jobs to Westminster facility

Westminster-based Knorr Brake Co., which makes brakes, doors and HVAC systems for mass-transit rail lines, will add 200 new jobs over the next six years, the Maryland Department of Commerce announced Thursday. The company will add 30,000 square feet of space to its facility at the Westminster Technology Park, investing $2.2 million. The company built its facility there in 2013. The Maryland Department of Commerce will provide a $700,000 conditional loan through the Maryland Economic Development Assistance Authority and Fund to help the company expand. (Balt. Sun)

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TaskRabbit expands to Baltimore

TaskRabbit, an online marketplace offering handyman and other home services, launched Thursday in Baltimore and six other cities. The app links residents with "taskers" who can offer help with moving, hauling, furniture assembly, TV mounting, house cleaning and yard work. The launch in Baltimore; Ann Arbor, Mich.; Detroit; Nashville; Raleigh/Durham, N.C.; and Sacramento, Calif., expands the business to 34 cities in the United States and the United Kingdom, with 60,000 people offering services. Taskers earn $35 an hour on average. (Balt. Sun)

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Baltimore Sun building is sold to local firm

The Calvert Street property leased by The Baltimore Sun and a neighboring parking garage have been sold to the Baltimore-based real estate investment and management firm Atapco Properties. The deal has been in the works for months, as the Chicago-based Tribune Media, which owned the buildings, sought to sell off its real estate properties. Terms of the sale were not disclosed. (Balt. Sun)

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I-95 billboard announces Baltimore boxer Gervonta 'Tank' Davis' deal with Under Armour

As cars whizzed by, Gervonta "Tank" Davis climbed out of the luxury van and stood atop a concrete barrier off Interstate 95 to get a closer look at a brand-new billboard bearing his image. "Baltimore's Own," reads the sign in oversized block lettering alongside his name, "World Champion Boxer" and the logo of Under Armour, which announced Wednesday that it has signed the undefeated fighter to an endorsement deal. (Balt. Sun)

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Kevin Plank inducted into Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame

Under Armour CEO and founder Kevin Plank has been inducted into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. Plank was inducted Tuesday by the National Sporting Goods Association during the group's annual management conference in Scottsdale. He was one of two members of the hall's Class of 2017, joined by Larry Aasheim, president of Montana-based retailer and team dealer Universal Athletic. (Balt. Sun)

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