Key officials helping to create Washington state’s potentially lucrative recreational pot market say its success may hinge on preventing consumers from choosing to get high on readily available medical cannabis because of low and sometimes nonexistent taxes on it.
The officials say it may be necessary to raise taxes or impose more stringent rules on medical pot to avoid undercutting the new recreational market and the tax dollars it is expected to inject into state coffers. Many “patients,” they say, are in reality heavy recreational users who fake or exploit their maladies.
The idea of changing the rules for medical marijuana alarms some patients and providers of the drug as medicine.
St. Mary’s public schools are jumping into the simulated flight business, courtesy of the new Pax River Flight Academy.
Students will be able to take a class at the Dr. James A. Forrest Career and Technology Center starting next school year that will offer them lessons on flight control and the use of high-tech simulators.
Local, state and federal officials along with personnel from Patuxent River Naval Air Station and The Patuxent Partnership were at the Forrest center Friday to officially open the Aviation Classroom Experience, with computers and three flight simulator booths to put students in a game-based learning environment.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is considering changes to the recreational crabbing license structure to obtain more accurate and cost-efficient estimates of recreational catch and effort.
The proposal would also simplify the current recreational crabbing license structure, which is overly complex and confusing to the public, according to the agency.
Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative’s (SMECO) linemen work long hours to keep the power flowing to more than 154,000 homes and businesses in the region. The job requires not just physical ability and technical knowledge but also attention to safety. Recently, several SMECO linemen tested their skills at the Gaff ’n’ Go Lineman’s Rodeo, held at the Caroline County Fairgrounds in Ruther Glen, Virginia.
Taking first place in the Equipment Operator’s Rodeo, where events featured utility trucks, was the SMECO team of Will Robertson, Brian Rawlings, and Jeremy Green, past champions of the Lineman’s Rodeo.
“This has been a great week to be a Republican,” said a beaming Congressman Andrew P. “Andy” Harris. The man who represents Maryland’s First Congressional District was the featured speaker at the Calvert County Republican’s 2013 Lincoln - Reagan Dinner May 16 at The Hall in Huntingtown.
The week’s news and the buzz in the Nation’s Capital have focused on three vexing issues plaguing the Obama Administration—last September’s attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya; the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) alleged targeting of conservative political action groups and confiscation of Associated Press telephone records by the U.S. Department of Justice.
“This administration doesn’t realize its role in government,” said Harris, the lone Republican member of Maryland’s Congressional Delegation. Of President Barack Obama, Harris declared, “He would be much more comfortable in the days of King George.”
The College of Southern Maryland celebrated 571 candidates for 852 degrees and certificates during its 54th spring commencement ceremony held May 16 at the La Plata Campus.
“Every one [of our graduates] has a story that I can tell. Everyone has their own dreams and aspirations; everyone has had their trials and tribulations and I wish that I could mention every single one of them,” said CSM President Dr. Brad Gottfried. The graduating class, CSM’s largest ever, consisted of students who while working, raising families and supporting their communities through volunteer efforts earned academic honors, said Gottfried.
In addition to work and other responsibilities, students with disabilities face various challenges that may impact their ability to navigate the education arena, but are able to successfully do so through assistance from Disabilities Support Services. This spring, CSM had its largest cohort of graduating students with disabilities, said Gottfried. Their majors included engineering, history, information technology services and general studies with students receiving honors to highest honors.
Companies that drill for oil and natural gas on federal lands will be required to disclose publicly the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing operations, the Obama administration said Thursday. The new “fracking” rule replaces a draft proposed last year that was withdrawn amid industry complaints that federal regulation could hinder an ongoing boom in natural gas production.
The new draft rule relies on an online database used by Colorado and 10 other states to track the chemicals used in fracking operations. FracFocus.org is a website formed by industry and intergovernmental groups in 2011 that allows users to gather well-specific data on thousands of drilling sites.
Board Docs - May 21, 2013 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
3.03 [3:15 p.m.] Follow-up Work Session: Bill Number 2013-09 Watershed Protection and Restoration Program (Mr. Peter Aluotto, Director of Planning & Growth Management)
Board Docs - May 21, 2013 - Charles County Commissioners’ Meeting
3.02 [2:45 p.m.] Briefing: Water & Sewer Automation Project (Mr. Bill Shreve, Director of Public Works)
Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement on the U.S. Department of Labor’s release of preliminary employment data for the month of April:
“While the preliminary jobs data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the month of April indicates a loss of 6,200 jobs, together, Marylanders have created 34,600 new jobs over the past 12 months while driving our unemployment rate down to 6.5 percent - the lowest rate in more than four years.
World-famous topsail schooner, Pride of Baltimore II, will be in Solomons on Friday and Saturday. Pride II will welcome aboard guests for a public day sail on Saturday, May 18th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The ship will depart from Waterman’s Wharf dock. Guests should arrive 15 – 30 minutes prior to departure. Tickets are $45 for adults/$35 for children and can be purchased at https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=9531abcc793ad3f28f694a629336031c
Stand on Pride of Baltimore II’s deck and imagine yourself as part of the crew in the 1800’s; lend a hand to the crew as they raise the sails and learn about Baltimore’s rich maritime history as you enjoy a day of sailing. Time slows down at sea, and you can too, during a sail aboard Pride of Baltimore II.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Maryland Division of Planning and Academic Affairs have approved the use of veterans benefits for selected noncredit trades and transportation training certificate programs at the College of Southern Maryland.
Veterans are approved to use their GI Bill educational benefits for electrical helper; entry-level plumber; certified structural welder; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning helper programs through the Center for Trades and Energy Training in Waldorf; or for commercial truck driver class A training through the Center for Transportation Training in La Plata.
In at least the next 50 years, more than 3,000 acres of wetlands are projected to erode in Maryland, according to a 2010 erosion management guide developed by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. About 975 acres, which are home to culturally significant sites, also are vulnerable, the report stated.
Stakeholders across Southern Maryland are working to protect dream homes and national security. They’re dedicating their lives to preserving Native American artifacts that date back 12,000 years and protecting settlements where English colonists landed and began calling Maryland home.
Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, Coast Guard says.
It’s not just the highways: With the summer recreational boating season just getting underway, several states are moving to cut down on boating under the influence.
Alcohol use is the leading contributing factor in fatal boating accidents, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. It was the main factor in 17% of the 651 deaths involving registered recreational vehicles in 2012; that was a slight uptick from 16% the year before.
Biologists have cloned human embryos to create stem cell colonies for the first time, raising concerns about “clone” babies someday becoming possible.
Clones — the word just sounds scary — even to folks who had the good sense to skip Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones and its scarily dull story filled with cloned troopers.
That’s science fiction; the truth is that you may already know a clone, if you know someone who’s a twin. And one bioethicist suggests that puts the week’s news about scientists cloning human embryos, released by the journal Cell, into a different light.