Sheriff: Woman gave kids marijuana at party

Authorities in southern Maryland say a woman gave marijuana to children at a birthday party and tried to teach a 6-year-old how to smoke.

The St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to a home on Treetop Road in Lexington Park early Friday to check on the welfare of several children. Officials say deputies spoke to Tabitha Cassidy, who indicated that she gave marijuana to three 13- and 14-year-olds at a party at her home.

Officials say Cassidy also tried to teach a 6-year-old child how to inhale marijuana. The sheriff's office says deputies found suspected marijuana at Cassidy's home.


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Even a little marijuana is too much at BWI Airport

Marijuana restrictions have been relaxed in the District, but an incident Wednesday at one of the region’s airports showed that Washington-area marijuana enforcement, even involving small amounts, has not ended.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said a search of the luggage of an arriving passenger at ­Baltimore-Washington International Marshall Airport yielded a discovery and a seizure. The search came after a customs detector dog “alerted,” the agency said.

The item seized, the agency said, was a single cigarette that contained less than 1 gram of marijuana.

The cigarette was in a bag carried by a U.S. citizen, who was arriving from Jamaica, the agency said.


Rand Paul in Baltimore county finds an island of red in Maryland's sea of blue

Rand Paul, the Kentucky Republican running for president, went to the Baltimore area on Tuesday night for the first time since riots provoked by the death of Freddie Gray in police custody.

The 2016 hopeful appeared at a dinner of suburban Republicans in a banquet hall that arguably looked more like a setting for a mafia wedding than a speech on urban policy.


Cannabis Can Harm Brain, Medical Study Finds

BALTIMORE — The heavy, long-term use of cannabis is associated with negative changes in parts of the brain not previously implicated, and is linked to deficits in learning and memory, new research suggests.

"In light of a current trend toward legalizing marijuana, with potentially increased exposure of adolescents, we believe our findings are important to consider," said investigator Jodi Weinstein, MD, from the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.

If used daily, cannabis "can be as bad as other drugs in terms of consequences," said senior investigator Anissa Abi-Dargham, MD, also from the Columbia University Medical Center and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.


Firm Eyes Easton For Medical Marijuana Growing Facility

A year after a state law was updated to allow commercial entities to grow and dispense medical marijuana, a group specializing in cultivating the product has unveiled plans to set up a medical marijuana growing facility in Easton.

On Monday, CBD Wellness Group made a presentation to the Easton town council during a special workshop session, The Star Democrat of Easton reports.

John Pica Jr., a lawyer who represents CBD Wellness Group and a former Maryland lawmaker, said the state will grant up to 15 medical marijuana growing licenses, and CBD plans to apply for one.

He also emphasized the distinction between growing marijuana and dispensing it.


Survey: 76 percent of doctors approve of medical marijuana use

A majority of doctors would approve the use of medical marijuana, according to a new survey.

"We were surprised by the outcome of polling and comments, with 76 percent of all votes in favor of the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes -- even though marijuana use is illegal in most countries," the survey's authors wrote.

The results appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine on May 30. It included responses from 1,446 doctors from 72 different countries and 56 different states and provinces in North America. In addition, 118 doctors posted comments about their decision on the survey.


Here's what it's like to build a medical marijuana business before it's legal

Mitchell Trellis is putting everything on the line for a chance at what could be one of the most lucrative new business opportunities in Maryland: medical marijuana.

Trellis’ company, Maryland Wellness Access LLC, is among those gearing up to compete for one of 15 licenses Maryland will issue to cultivate cannabis and sell it to dispensaries. Trellis thinks the company’s best shot for a strong application — and being able to open for business — is to have the company ready to fire out of the gate, should Maryland give the signal.

“This is a heavy lift,” Trellis said. “This is kind of a difficult situation for an entrepreneur. You have to invest upfront without the promise of winning, then have the resources set up if you do win.”


Maryland Governor Cites Heroin as Reason for Vetoing Cannabis Reform Bill

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Governor Larry Hogan (R-MD) vetoed three bills on Friday that contained major criminal justice reforms, including one which reduced penalties related to cannabis use.

SB 517 contained legislation to reduce marijuana paraphernalia penalties to a civil offense. The governor also vetoed two other bills: SB 528, which would have limited asset forfeiture seized by police, and HB 980, which would have restored the right to vote to felons who have been released from prison.


Secondhand marijuana smoke can cause range of detectable effects, study finds

Marijuana's active ingredient can show up in tests even for nonsmokers, if they've had concentrated exposure to secondhand smoke.

That's one of the findings from the first comprehensive study on secondhand marijuana smoke since the 1980s, conducted by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In the decades since then, the potency of the drug, in its street form, has tripled.


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