State Roundup, July 18, 2016

MORHAIM CONSULTANT TO POTENTIAL POT FIRM: The state lawmaker who led the effort to legalize medical marijuana in Maryland is part of a company trying to sell and profit off the drug — a position he never disclosed as he pushed bills and regulations to help cannabis businesses, Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg report for the Post. Del. Dan K. Morhaim ­(D-Baltimore County) is the clinical director for Doctor’s Orders, according to a portion of a dispensary licensing application obtained by the Post through a public records request.

SCHOOL REPAIRS IN JEOPARDY: At Prettyboy Elementary School in northern Baltimore County, workers are tearing up worn carpeting and replacing the floor as part of a $200,000 project paid for by Maryland’s Aging Schools Program. Michael Dresser of the Sun reports that all over Maryland, dozens of similar state-financed projects are in the works in public schools, but the program could grind to a halt if Gov. Larry Hogan decides not to release $6.1 million the General Assembly set aside for it in this year’s budget.

JUSTICE REFORM GLITCHES: Maryland’s recently-passed Justice Reinvestment Act hopes to remove barriers to reentering society, including finding employment, through tools like expungement of certain offenses. If an expungement is not properly reported, however, the record can still come back to haunt someone. Heather Cobun of the Daily Record writes about this and other “infrastructure” problems that are harming ex-offenders as they seek jobs.