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Changing face of Maryland’s MMJ commission
The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission – which governs the state’s MMJ industry – is undergoing a significant face-lift after the governor replaced a majority of the panel.
The overhaul could also mean changes are in store for MMJ license winners and applicants still seeking permits, said Ivan Lanier, the CEO of Greenwill Consulting Group, a Maryland government affairs consultancy. Some companies, for example, could lose their licenses if they aren’t up and running on schedule, he noted.
“The big issue this new commission will have is that there will potentially be a few growers, processors and dispensaries that may not be operational (as planned),” Lanier said.
The businesses in question could have “some capital issues,” he added, “so the commission may have to come back and take a very hard look at the applicants that were awarded (licenses) and decide who has the capital, who’s on track to open and so on.”
So there could be a shake-up in which applicants who were initially denied licenses may wind up with MMJ business permits, Lanier suggested.
“We certainly don’t want growers and processors that are looking to open in the next two to three years when they’re supposed to be open within a one-year timeline,” he said.
The commission also could:
“Certainly everyone is holding their breath and hoping that this new commission will review the past decisions … and start to do another round of applicants,” Lanier said.
From the Herald-Mail . . .
HANCOCK — After representing Hancock during the past Maryland General Assembly session, representatives of the Greenwill Consulting Group last week shared some ideas for the future.
Ivan V. Lanier and Katie Nash of the government-relations firm presented a list of what they called some “key initiatives” during a Hancock Town Council meeting on Wednesday evening.
“We’re kind of your eyes and ears in dealing with the madness in Annapolis,” Lanier said.
The list ranged from public-works efforts, such as wastewater-treatment upgrades, to qualify-of-life issues, such as funding for senior-citizen activities.
One of the town’s interests is keeping a Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park maintenance facility open in Hancock, Nash said.
“Everything is a little bit up in the air” concerning federal funding, she said.
Passage of the Clean Water Commerce Act of 2017 could open opportunities for the town to apply for grant money for wastewater-treatment plant upgrades, Lanier and Nash said.
“That’s something we want to make sure we keep on everybody’s radar screens,” Nash said.
Medical marijuana also is an issue of interest to the town because Harvest of Maryland LLC plans to run a cultivating operation at the former Fleetwood Travel Trailer facility in Hancock.
Lanier and Nash said they believe there will be a special session of the General Assembly this fall to address the issues of additional licenses and minority participation in the state’s program.
Nash urged Hancock officials to address not only social and medical topics at issue in the cannabis debates, but also the “real, tangible benefits” to the town, such as additional jobs.
When it comes to budget issues, Lanier urged town officials not to wait until the session starts to begin talking about the area’s needs.
“That starts now,” he said.
Among other things, the firm also suggested:
• Researching Main Street facade funding opportunities.
• Brainstorming about creating a business association, as well as a business appreciation week.
• Attracting more visitors to the town by working with existing organizations, such as Hancock in Motion, and establishing new events, such as a Hancock triathlon.
• Looking into opportunities for Hancock residents to serve on state boards and commissions.
October 11, 2016
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2016 VIP List Winners
Roselyn Aker-Black, Psy.D., clinical psychologist, Dr. Roz Therapeutic and Coaching Services
Heather Welch Arbogast, associate, McGuireWoods LLP
Andrew Attman, vice president, Acme Paper & Supply
Juan Barbaran, multicultural business ambassador, Paychex
Stephanie Baron, principal, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.
Burke Bowers, commercial branch manager, M&T Bank
Calvin J. Bowman, chairman and senior policy advisor, Baltimore City Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management
Jorge Eduardo Castillo, chairman, Maryland Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Dale Cathell, partner, DLA Piper
John Comberiate, financial advisor, Edward Jones
Jill Crank, assistant medical director at Mount Vernon, Chase Brexton Health Care
Dionne Curbeam, director, instructional technology & training, Coppin State University
Alyce Dailey, managing partner, The Dailey Group, Keller Williams Gateway
S. Dallas Dance, superintendent, Baltimore County Public Schools
Joanna L. Diamond, vice president of external relations, Planned Parenthood of Maryland
Kelly Drnec, corporate sales manager, Days Inn Inner Harbor
Josiah Dykstra, cybersecurity researcher, Test Registration
Lanaea Featherstone, president/co-founder, William & Lanaea C. Featherstone Foundation
Seth Franz, founder and executive director, Volunteering Untapped
Amy Burke Friedman, president, Profiles, Inc.
Melissa E. Goldmeier, assistant county solicitor, Howard County Office of Law
Julian Haffner, attorney, McMillan Metro PC
Geoff Hengerer, deputy legal counsel, Office of the Governor of Maryland
Kenneth Paul “Kip” Hollar Jr., community relations coordinator, UPS-Chesapeake District
Alexandra Hughes, chief of staff, Office of Maryland House Speaker Michael E. Busch
Lisa Hall Johnson, associate justice, District Court of Prince George’s County
Ricardo R. Johnson, Esq., special assistant to the president & CEO, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield
Rena Kates, assistant state’s attorney, Baltimore City State’s Attorney’s Office
Caroline Kauffman-Kirschnick, general manager, EMR (Electric Motor Repair Company)
Kari M. Kelly, partner, Rosenberg Martin Greenberg LLP
Laura Latta, director of early childhood initiatives, Family League of Baltimore
Dr. Jasmine Lydia Leigh, special assistant to the chief of staff, Social Security Administration
Catalina Rodriguez Lima, director, Mayor’s Office of Immigrant and Multicultural Affairs
Ivonne Lindley, principal, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC
Dana Marlowe, principal partner, Accessibility Partners
Jeanette Ortiz, attorney and government relations associate, Greenwill Consulting Group LLC
Jason Plotkin, partner, Pinder Plotkin LLC
Indira K. Sharma, special counsel, Saul Ewing LLP
Harry T. Spikes II, deputy district director, Office of Congressman Elijah E. Cummings
Dr. Erica Staaterman, vice president, Beneath the Waves
Thomas M. Weschler Jr., attorney, Haspel & McLeod
Matthew J. Youssef, attorney, Niles Barton & Wilmer LLP
By Bethany Rodgers [email protected] | Posted: Saturday, January 31, 2015 2:00 am
ANNAPOLIS — State lawmakers from Frederick County are throwing their weight behind a $7.5 million funding request for the downtown hotel and conference center project.
Although the project has represented a top priority for Frederick city officials, the current budget proposal by Gov. Larry Hogan doesn’t contain any state funding for it. However, Frederick County representatives on Friday said they maintained hope of securing state dollars and resolved to send the governor a letter appealing for his support.
Even state Sen. Michael Hough agreed to get behind the request, despite his past reservations about directing public funds toward the project.
“Obviously, I’ve been the skunk at the garden party on this project for the past couple of years,” he said.
However, Hough, R-District 4, said he could support appeals for state aid for public aspects of the project. Richard Griffin, the city’s director of economic development, said these public improvements could include parking space, road upgrades and utility infrastructure.
The city’s plan is to fund one-third of the hotel and conference center project with the state government funding, grants and local tax revenue generated by the project itself.
The city initially asked the state for $15 million across two years for the project. However, the county’s legislative delegation decided to focus on getting $7.5 million in this fiscal year. They can always return next year and push for the remaining funds, they said.
Griffin and other project supporters came to Annapolis on Friday to make an in-person petition to the county’s legislative delegation.
Kara Norman, executive director of the Downtown Frederick Partnership, pointed out that the 207-room hotel with 24,000 square feet of meeting space is anticipated to create an estimated 280 total jobs and $25.8 million in annual spending.
In response to questions about the size of the proposed facility, Griffin said he is confident that project planners are thinking on the proper scale.
“This is the right-sized facility for Frederick,” Griffin said. “It’s not an enormous facility.”
Griffin said moving the project forward in the absence of state funding would require additional negotiations with the project partners.
However, he was optimistic that the state would provide support for the facilities, especially since the county’s senators and delegates are all lending their help.
“We are very pleased to have gotten a unanimous vote of support from our delegation,” Griffin said.
Delegation tables charter school bill
Also at Friday’s meeting, members of the Frederick County delegation decided not to move forward with a bill that could grant more autonomy to charter schools in Frederick County.
Delegate Bill Folden, R-District 3B, attempted to rally his colleagues in support for the bill but was unable to win a majority of the delegation to his side.
Instead, the delegation indicated it wanted the County Council to weigh in on the proposal.
Among other things, the bill proposed by Tom Neumark, president of Frederick Classical Charter School, would allow the County Council to authorize new charter schools. The Frederick County Board of Education is the only local body that now has this authorization ability, Neumark said.
Delegate Kathy Afzali, R-District 4, the delegation chairwoman, said members of Hogan’s administration had asked her to hold off on the local charter bill because the governor is planning to advance his own charter school agenda.
By Kelsi Loos News-Post Staff [email protected] | Posted: Friday, December 19, 2014 2:00 am
Flanked by County Executive Jan Gardner, left, and Del. Aruna Miller, U.S. Rep. John Delaney leads a roundtable discussion with County and State elected officials on the subject of I-270 improvements Thursday at the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. Staff photo by Graham Cullen
Representatives of Frederick and Montgomery counties will intensify discussion about improvements to the I-270 corridor.
Rep. John Delaney invited state, county and business leaders to a roundtable Thursday in Frederick to discuss traffic issues and share possible solutions.
Delaney, D-6th, left saying he would draw up a summary of the views the officials held in common to guide the way forward as different levels of government tackle the problem.
Delegate-elect Carol Krimm, D-District 3A, suggested an I-270 work group should meet during the legislative session.
Everyone in attendance appeared to agree that traffic on the I-270 corridor is a serious problem that affects quality of life and economic development.
“Transportation is an area where we find common ground among everyone,” Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner said.
Not only do residents need to have a reasonable commute, Gardner said, but businesses, particularly the science and technology companies in Frederick, must have access to the Washington area to operate.
Members of the Frederick County, Montgomery County and Gaithersburg chambers of commerce attested that local businesses see congestion as bad for business on the I-270 corridor.
Delegate-elect Karen Young, D-District 3A, said regional transportation authorities have a plan to expand I-270 by 2030, but funding limitations have made it hard to make improvements sooner.
She advocated a “holistic approach” to the congestion problem that would take into account transportation, land-use and environmental goals.
The group agreed that funding I-270 corridor improvements will be a challenge requiring creative solutions.
Delaney will try to pass a tax bill this session that would allow companies to pay a lower overseas tax rate if they buy infrastructure bonds to fund a transportation bank.
Gardner noted Frederick County has been making the I-270 improvements more manageable financially by breaking the work into smaller projects.
Sen.-elect Michael Hough, R-District 4, looked to Virginia’s use of private investment and high-occupancy lanes as a model that might be used in Frederick.
“You have to be careful with public-private partnerships,” Delaney cautioned, saying that sometimes local governments don’t get the best deals out of those agreements.
Bringing different pots of money together, including private investment, however, is the best solution, he said.
Sen. Ron Young, D-District 3, advocated setting aside separate streams of funding for transit and roads as a way to help make sure both needs are addressed.
“We need to plan our growth differently,” he said, adding that it would help to have high-occupancy lanes and buses, as well as policies that make it easier for people to work from home.
Delegate Kelly Schulz, R-District 4A, who was recently tapped as the state’s secretary of labor, licensing and regulation, wondered how leaders could help improve transit options for people outside urban areas.
If planners can get transit to rural areas, she said, “I guarantee you that traffic will decrease.”
Krimm told the leaders about Bus on Shoulders, a program she has long advocated that would allow buses to travel on the road shoulder at certain choke points on I-270, making transit more dependable and therefore more desirable.
Some states that use the program have seen 400 percent bus ridership increases, she said.
By Ed Waters Jr. News-Post Staff | Posted: Saturday, December 6, 2014 2:00 am
With a new governor about to take the helm, members of the Frederick County delegation are looking forward to challenges and opportunities in Annapolis. Six members of the delegation spoke Friday at the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center, hosted by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce Policy Committee.
“We are very pleased with today’s vote because we feel this transaction is in the best interests of our customers, our communities, our stockholders and our employees,” Pepco Holdings chairman Joseph M. Rigby said in a statement.
The two companies announced April 30 that nuclear energy giant Exelon would be acquiring Pepco in an all-cash transaction valued at $6.8 billion, which is a 24.7 percent premium above the Pepco share price on April 25.
The deal has been approved by the boards of directors at both companies, but it still faces scrutiny from regulators in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey and the District of Columbia.
The merger must also be approved by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
The companies hope to close the transaction in the second or third quarter of 2015.
Exelon is acquiring a gas and electric transmission company that is one-fifth its size. Pepco, having sold its power plants several years ago, no longer generates its own electricity and instead buys it from others.
Pepco has more than 2 million customers in an arc stretching from Washington and its Maryland suburbs east to the Delaware shore and north to New Jersey.
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