Rachel Rhodes named to Mar­i­juana Com­mis­sion

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AN­NAPO­LIS — Gov­er­nor Larry Ho­gan has an­nounced 10 ap­point­ments to the Na­talie M. LaPrade Med­i­cal Mar­i­juana Com­mis­sion, in­clud­ing Queen Anne’s County’s Rachel Rhodes. The com­mis­sion over­sees the devel­op­ment of poli­cies, pro­ce­dures, and reg­u­la­tions to en­sure that med­i­cal cannabis is avail­able to qual­i­fy­ing pa­tients. With the ini­tial ap­pli­ca­tion phase com­plete, the com­mis­sion is fo­cused on the suc­cess­ful im­ple­men­ta­tion of Mary­land’s med­i­cal cannabis pro­gram.

Rachel Rhodes is the hor­ti­cul­ture as­so­ciate agent and mas­ter gar­dener co­or­di­na­tor for the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion – Queen Anne’s County, where she pro­vides hor­ti­cul­tural and en­vi­ron­men­tal ed­u­ca­tion classes. Rhodes re­ceived her mas­ter’s of en­vi­ron­men­tal sci­ence from Wes­ley Col­lege. Rhodes fills the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion po­si­tion on the com­mis­sion.

Rhodes said, “As the Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Na­talie M. Laprade Med­i­cal Cannabis Com­mis­sion, I will serve to pro­vide un­bi­ased, re­searched-based in­for­ma­tion on hor­ti­cul­tural prac­tices.”

She ex­plained the ex­pe­ri­ence she brings to the com­mis­sion, “Univer­sity of Mary­land Ex­ten­sion is a statewide ed­u­ca­tional sys­tem within the Col­lege of Agri­cul­ture and Nat­u­ral Re­sources that sup­ports Mary­land’s agri­cul­tural in­dus­try; pro­tects our valu­able nat­u­ral re­sources; en­hances the well-be­ing of adults, chil­dren, and fam­i­lies lo­cally and in­ter­na­tion­ally; and fos­ters the devel­op­ment of strong, sta­ble com­mu­ni­ties.”

Other newly ap­pointed mem­bers in­clude:

Charles P. LoDico, M.S., F-ABFT, cur­rently a se­nior chemist/tox­i­col­o­gist for the Depart­ment of Health and Hu­man Ser­vices. His ap­point­ment fills a va­cancy for a sci­en­tist with ex­pe­ri­ence in the sci­ence of cannabis and nom­i­nated by a state re­search in­sti­tu­tion on the com­mis­sion.

Barry G. Pope, drug re­bate man­ager and PBM clin­i­cal phar­ma­cist for Con­duent State Health­care LLC. Pope was rec­om­mended for this ap­point­ment by the Mary­land Phar­macy As­so­ci­a­tion, and fills a va­cancy for a li­censed phar­ma­cist in the state on the com­mis­sion.

Brian P. Lopez, a part­ner and the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent for Osprey Prop­erty Com­pany, where he over­sees the com­pany’s mul­ti­fam­ily and af­ford­able hous­ing port­fo­lio. Lopez fills a va­cancy for a mem­ber of the public or a pa­tient who sup­ports med­i­cal cannabis po­si­tion on the com­mis­sion.

Alvin W. Davis, M.D., a part­ner at the Cum­ber­land Anes­the­sia and Pain Man­age­ment Associates, where he spe­cial­izes in car­diac/ tho­racic anes­the­sia. Dr. Davis fills one of the three li­censed physi­cian po­si­tions on the com­mis­sion.

Jef­frey R. Gahler, Har­ford County Sher­iff. Gahler fills the law en­force­ment rep­re­sen­ta­tive po­si­tion on the com­mis­sion.

Charles Smith III, Fred­er­ick County State’s At­tor­ney, mem­ber of the Fred­er­ick County Sub­stance Abuse Coun­cil and chair­man of the State’s At­tor­neys’ Co­or­di­na­tion Coun­cil. Smith fills the mem­ber of the Mary­land State’s At­tor­neys’ As­so­ci­a­tion po­si­tion on the com­mis­sion.

Eh­san Ab­de­shahian, M.D., staff physi­cian with spe­cial­ties in pain and sports medicine for Ad­vanced Pain Man­age­ment Spe­cial­ists. Ab­de­shahian fills one of the three li­censed physi­cian po­si­tions on the com­mis­sion.

Scott Welsh, owner of Mary­land Flower and Fo­liage, where he main­tains 160,000 square feet of green­house space and 100,000 square feet of out­door grow­ing ar­eas. Welsh fills the po­si­tion of an in­di­vid­ual with ex­pe­ri­ence in hor­ti­cul­ture and rec­om­mended by the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture on the com­mis­sion.

John T. Gon­trum, Esq., as­sis­tant comp­trol­ler for the Of­fice of the Comp­trol­ler of Mary­land. Gon­trum is be­ing reap­pointed to the com­mis­sion for a term start­ing Oc­to­ber 1, 2017, and fills the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Of­fice of the Comp­trol­ler po­si­tion on the com­mis­sion.

With these ap­point­ments, three va­can­cies were filled and six com­mis­sion mem­bers with ex­pired terms were re­placed. The gov­er­nor’s of­fice said the new ap­point­ments dou­ble the mi­nor­ity rep­re­sen­ta­tion on the com­mis­sion.

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