O'Malley Names Commission on Medical Marijuana 
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O'Malley Names Commission on Medical Marijuana 
Posted by CN Staff on September 12, 2013 at 17:48:20 PT
By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun
Source: Baltimore Sun
Maryland -- Gov. Martin O'Malley named 11 people Thursday, including health professionals, lawyers, a police chief and a prosecutor, to a commission to oversee Maryland's new law legalizing marijuana use for medical reasons.The panel, which is scheduled to hold its first meeting Sept. 24, is to be led by Dr. Paul W. Davies, founder of a medical practice that specializes in helping patients manage pain.
Maryland became the 19th state to legalize medical marijuana when lawmakers enacted legislation this year to authorize its distribution by doctors and nurses through academic medical centers. The law is set to take effect Oct. 1, but the commission must spell out the terms under which it can be grown and distributed before any marijuana may be dispensed.Other health professionals appointed by O'Malley include: William C. Charles, a pharmacist with MedStar Franklin Square Medical Center; Kevin W. Chen, a researcher in substance abuse and alternative medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine; Dr. Michael A. Horberg, research director with Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group; Dr. Robert A. Lavin, chronic pain management director for the Baltimore Veterans Administration and a member of the Maryland medical school faculty; and Shawn McNamara, nursing program administrator at the Community College of Baltimore County.Non-medical specialists named to the panel include: Howard County's State's Attorney Dario Broccolino; Deborah R. Miran, head of a consulting firm that advises drug manufacturers; Col. Harry Robshaw III, police chief of Cheverly in Prince George's County; Nancy Rosen-Cohen, executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, and Eric E. Sterling, president of the Criminal Justice Policy Foundation and a lawyer with experience in medical marijuana issues.Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat and physician who sponsored the legislation, called the commission "a diverse and qualified group," and said he trusted they would work "diligently" to carry out the law.The initial meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, 201 W. Preston St., Baltimore.Source: Baltimore Sun (MD)Author:  Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore SunPublished: September 12, 2013Copyright: 2013 The Baltimore SunContact: letters baltsun.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #2 posted by mexweed on September 13, 2013 at 13:42:50 PT:
 John made an interesting typo or maybe intentional trutho: "so tired of wrap..." You know $igarette companies sprayed Big Money into the entertainment industry for decades to make sure $igarette gestures, $igarette attitudes, $igarette propaganda was there in the art luring kids into slavery. But in this instance: "wRap" music was a wReference to the practice of buying a gram of herb, wRapping it in a cigar skin and burning off the whole thing in minutes-- a "blunt", named after a cigar brand-- a device for getting thousands of kids, especially young black males, hooked on nicotine (in the cigar skin)! Songsters who mentioned "blunt" in their act got easier gigs! There were acts with significant pro-tobacco names, like "Cool" (as in Kool) and "Tupac", etc. Anyway, do some music, but take some time to type at your computer and lobby these decisionmakers to institute Pro-Vape and Pro-One-Hitter education to eliminate the danger that someone will lure your kid into "rolling a blunt... oops, hooked for life!"
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Comment #1 posted by John Tyler on September 12, 2013 at 19:00:02 PT
time for new music
I have a suggestion for all of you musically talented folks. Take some inspiration from the people of Colorado and Washington and create some music that reflects these changes. I am so tired of wrap and totally forgettable pop songs. Make some really good new music. Put it on YouTube. This could be the big break you are looking for.
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