NEW RX POT PANELISTS: Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday made 10 appointments to the Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission, filling vacant positions and replacing six commissioners whose terms had expired, Luke Broadwater of the Sun is reporting.
The appointees include a toxicologist, a pharmacist, a county sheriff and a county state’s attorney. Hogan also doubled the number of minority commissioners from two to four. John T. Gontrum, an assistant comptroller in the state comptroller’s office, was reappointed, reports Ovetta Wiggins for the Post.
Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith will serve on the commission, Kelsi Loos reports for the Frederick News Post. Smith said he was hesitant to accept at first. “I had reservations about joining the commission because I have reservations about medical cannabis,” he said. “I agreed to serve at their request.”
BUZZ ABOUT RX POT DISPENSARY: Kate Masters of the Frederick News Post writes about Maryland’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary. It is located in Frederick County. Wellness Solutions is already accepting patient referrals and pre-orders, according to founder Mike Kline, though cannabis isn’t expected to be available in the state until September or later.
MD PHARMACY SCHOOL PREPS FOR RX POT: The University of Maryland School of Pharmacy will begin offering training to prepare prospective workers for the medical marijuana industry, Meredith Cohn of the Sun writes. The move puts the Baltimore school in league with few other established universities and colleges, including the University of Vermont College of Medicine’s Department of Pharmacology, seeking to bring educational standards to a growing national industry that grapples with evolving science and uncertain legal standing.