Med­i­cal mar­i­juana com­mis­sioner is out

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The state med­i­cal mar­i­juana com­mis­sioner who cast the lone dis­sent­ing vote on a con­tro­ver­sial move to deny grower li­censes to two highly rated ap­pli­cants and give them to lower-ranked ri­vals has been re­placed. Gov. Larry Ho­gan’s of­fice con­firmed Thurs­day that he has not reap­pointed Deb­o­rah R. Mi­ran, an ap­pointee of for­mer Gov. Martin O’Mal­ley, on the state Med­i­cal Cannabis Com­mis­sion. A com­mis­sion spokes­woman said Mi­ran’s term had ex­pired. Ho­gan spokesman Doug Mayer said the de­ci­sion to re­place Mi­ran, the pres­i­dent and founder of a con­sult­ing group, had noth­ing to do with her dis­sent. Saun­dra Wash­ing­ton, ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor of Life­Styles Foun­da­tion of Mary­land Inc., was ap­pointed to re­place Mi­ran. The panel voted in July to el­e­vate two com­pa­nies ap­ply­ing for grower li­censes into the top 15 to achieve greater ge­o­graphic di­ver­sity among pre­lim­i­nary winners. The de­ci­sion dis­placed two com­pa­nies that scored higher. Mi­ran voted against the move. within a few blocks of the in­ter­sec­tion had been a hot­bed for vi­o­lence, with three homi­cides, 10 nonfatal shoot­ings and 19 street rob­beries since the be­gin­ning of 2014. In a sec­ond in­dict­ment un­sealed Wed­nes­day, 17 mem­bers of an­other BGF crew that al­legedly op­er­ated near Baker Street and McKean Av­enue in Sand­town-Winchester were also charged with drug dis­tri­bu­tion and con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute. The few blocks around that in­ter­sec­tion had seen six homi­cides, 14 nonfatal shoot­ings and 20 street rob­beries since the be­gin­ning of 2014, Davis said. Of the 34 peo­ple who were in­dicted in the two cases, 19 are still be­ing sought by po­lice. as re­im­burse­ment for help the county pro­vided dur­ing the April 2015 un­rest. The re­turn pay­ment is the lat­est and largest from sur­round­ing ju­ris­dic­tions that were sum­moned to the city in the days af­ter the riot fol­low­ing the death of Fred­die Gray from in­juries suf­fered while in po­lice cus­tody. “The county ex­ec­u­tive de­ter­mined that we were go­ing to re­turn the check, based on us be­ing sup­port­ive of the city of Bal­ti­more and try­ing to help it get back on its feet,” said Baker’s spokesman, Barry Hud­son. Mark Ma­gaw, the for­mer Prince Ge­orge’s County po­lice chief, who is now direc­tor of pub­lic safety, said for three days in April the county had more than 55 of­fi­cers work­ing around the clock to help Bal­ti­more. Over­all, the county had a pres­ence in the city for eight days, he said.

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