State Roundup, July 21, 2016

MORHAIM REGRETS NON-TRANSPARENCY: State Del. Dan Morhaim, who has been a leading advocate of Maryland’s medical marijuana law, said Wednesday he wished he had been more transparent about his business connection to the cannabis industry. The Baltimore County Democrat has drawn scrutiny for publicly telling the state’s medical cannabis commission how to set up the industry at the same time he agreed to work as a clinical director for a private company seeking a highly coveted license, Pamela Wood and Erin Cox of the Sun report.

  • Morhaim cleared his involvement with state ethics officials. But he never said publicly that he was part of a team applying for a license, despite repeated questions from the Post and even as he shepherded legislation this year to expand the types of medical professionals who could recommend cannabis and testified before the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission about how to administer the program, Fenit Nirappil and Aaron Gregg of the Post report.

STATE DROPS JAIL-MAIL PLAN: Under pressure from civil rights advocates, Maryland corrections officials withdrew Wednesday a proposal that would have barred inmates from receiving personal letters in the mail.  State officials said the plan to restrict incoming prison mail to postcards was meant to cut down on contraband arriving in prisons through mail, especially Suboxone, a form of buprenorphine used to treat addiction to heroin and other opiates, Alison Knezevich reports in the Sun.