Lawmakers considering recreational pot urged to think like users
ANNAPOLIS — Lawmakers are being advised to change their thinking on how they would tax and regulate recreational marijuana if they ultimately decide Maryland should join the few states that have legalized possession and use of the drug by adults. The advice comes on the heels of newly released research that suggests tax revenue would ...
Two Maryland lawmakers to work for Baltimore County executive
ANNAPOLIS — Two Maryland lawmakers are leaving the House of Delegates to join the staff of Baltimore County Executive Johnny Olszewski. The county executive announced Monday that Del. Steve Lafferty and Del. Eric Bromwell are taking posts in his administration. Lafferty, a Democrat, will serve as chief sustainability officer. He has served in the House ...
Study warns states not to count on a windfall from marijuana legalization
A new study from the Pew Charitable Trusts is urging states to be cautious about projecting revenues from legalizing recreational marijuana and to avoid tying big-ticket spending plans to an anticipated marijuana windfall. The report released Monday morning comes hours before a Maryland legislative panel that is sorting through the public policies related to legalizing ...
Maryland recalls 8,000 out-of-compliance driver's licenses
Maryland's Motor Vehicle Administration has recalled driver's licenses of 8,000 residents who they say missed multiple deadlines to get their identification in compliance with federal requirements.
Md. county leaders cast a wary eye at Kirwan education costs
OCEAN CITY — County leaders from around the state are being encouraged to support an education plan billed as transformative but aren’t yet being told what their costs will be or how to pay for them. An hour-long panel discussion at the Maryland Association of Counties annual summer conference at times sounded more like an ...
Md. county officials ponder cybersecurity, opioids, budget issues
Leaders of Maryland’s counties and officials from state government will descend on Ocean City this week to talk public policy, politics and cybersecurity. The event theme, “Winds of Change,” is focused less on renewable energy and more on social, economic and demographic shifts affecting the state’s 24 major subdivisions. Top of mind will be the ...
Maryland panel on lynching begins study of killings
A Maryland commission on lynchings that were committed in the state is holding its first meeting.
Hundreds of ‘red flag’ orders sought in Md. in law's first months
Maryland courts have handled nearly 800 petitions in 10 months under the state’s new emergency risk protection order, a civil process that allows judges to temporarily order the removal of guns and ammunition from homes under certain circumstances. And while about only 50 percent of the petitions were approved by judges, advocates praise the 2018 ...
Maryland government employees protest state job vacancies
A group of Maryland government employees and union members rallied Wednesday in Baltimore to protest what they say is the governor's refusal to fill thousands of vacant government positions.
Md. handgun permit restrictions for business owners eased
Business owners in Maryland who have permits to wear and carry a handgun apparently will be able to carry their weapons outside of business-related functions. The Maryland State Police began notifying permit holders of the change Monday, one attorney who represents permit applicants said. The decision to drop the restrictions on business owners eliminates a ...