HOGAN, BLACK LAWMAKERS MEET: Gov. Larry Hogan promised Thursday to work with black lawmakers on the lack of diversity in Maryland’s new medical cannabis industry, but he stopped short of committing to any specific solution, Pamela Wood of the Sun writes. Hogan and leaders of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland met at the State House in Annapolis on Thursday afternoon.
Baltimore City Del. Cheryl Glenn, chair of the caucus, says the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission did not properly factor in minority representation when picking licensees. “We will not see this new industry be up and running and flourish and have a black eye on the state of Maryland by having a lack of diversity,” says Glenn. “That’s unacceptable.” John Rydell of Fox 45 reports.
The caucus members came away encouraged. The chair offered several tangible ideas. They said the governor agreed to a continuing dialogue until a resolution is found, reports Dave Collins for WBAL-TV.
TUBMAN AT THE STATE HOUSE? The student activist who led the successful push to rename the University of Maryland football stadium is trying to jump-start a movement to erect a statue of Harriet Tubman on the grounds of the Maryland State House, reports Fenit Nirappil for the Post.
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