Posted On: March 29, 2013

Legislation to Allow Dispensing of Medical Marijuana Headed to Senate

A medical marijuana bill has passed in the Maryland House of Delegates after the proposal was endorsed by two committees. As reported by The Baltimore Sun, if the bill passes in the Senate and becomes law, nurses and physicians would be permitted to administer marijuana as a drug to patients who have intractable pain, cancer patients, and others.

Earlier in March, a House committee rejected a broad proposal, creating compassionate care centers where medical marijuana would be distributed. Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has gone on record in support of what his administration has called a yellow-light approach to the subject.

The measure was introduced to two committees, Health and Government Operations and the Judiciary Committee, by Delegate Dan Morhaim, who is also a physician.

Maryland lawmakers have been listening to testimony regarding the legalization of marijuana in the state. Most agree, including the measure’s sponsor, that Maryland’s legalization of the sale and use of marijuana for purposes other than a medical reason is years away.

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Posted On: March 28, 2013

Former Prince George’s County Police Officer Seeking New Trial

As reported by the Associated Press and ABC 7, a former Prince George’s County policeman and homeland security officer who was recently convicted of first-degree assault and involuntary manslaughter is asking for a new trial and seeking a reduction in the original sentence. In the January, 2007, the former policeman and homeland security officer shot a furniture delivery man and wounded a second delivery man.

The convicted former police officer who is currently serving a 45-year sentence says that the men attacked him first. He also claims that mistakes were made by his lawyers in defending him and that evidence failed to be disclosed by prosecutors in the case. He was granted a post-conviction hearing, which is now underway in Prince George’s County. According to the first witness called, a paramedic who had examined the shooter upon responding to the shooting, the man had swelling of the lips and under the eyes indicating that he had been hit more than one time.

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Posted On: March 19, 2013

Prince George’s County Teen Charged in Murder of Olney Teen

As reported by gazette.net, Maryland Community News Online, a Prince George’s County teen was indicted on Thursday, March 14, 2013, in the death of an 18-year-old. According to Bill Miller, spokesman for the District of Columbia Attorney’s Office, the accused teen is being charged as an adult in the stabbing attack.

The incident occurred in the Woodley Park Metro station in Adams Morgan last November. The victim died at a local hospital from injuries sustained. A grand jury in District of Columbia Superior Court indicted the teen, charging him with a series of charges: armed robbery, conspiracy, assault with significant injury of a person, assault with a dangerous weapon, a firearms offense, and, most seriously, with felony murder.

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Posted On: March 13, 2013

Charles County Man Indicted on Vehicular Manslaughter Charges for Death of Passenger

A Charles County man has been charged with vehicular manslaughter and negligent homicide while under the influence of alcohol stemming from a February 5, 2012 crash in St. Mary’s County, Maryland. According to Maryland police, he was driving a pickup truck traveling on New Market Turner Road heading toward Route 235 when the truck veered out of control, crossed the center line of the highway and struck a tree near the Korner Karryout convenience store. The male passenger in the truck, a 32-year-old Mechanicsville resident, was killed.

As reported by SoMdNews.com, the man charged with the crimes had a reported blood alcohol level of .14 percent — close to twice the legal limit. St. Mary’s Assistant State’s Attorney Jaymi Sterling said that the investigation conducted by police also alleged the vehicle was traveling over 90 miles per hour. That was reportedly confirmed by both a speed analysis and data from an air-bag control module.

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Posted On: March 8, 2013

Bill to Repeal Maryland’s Death Penalty Likely to Pass in Maryland Senate

Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun-control bill passed in the Maryland Senate on Thursday, February 28th, 2013. Additionally, as reported in The Washington Post and published on March 1st, O’Malley’s bill to repeal the death penalty survived an early test. As both votes were debated, police barricades blocked surrounding streets due to the presences of hundreds of activists on both sides of the issues in question.

In the Senate, the debate regarding whether or not to abolish capital punishment in Maryland became as emotional as it was for activists out on the streets. Senators, in a vote of 19 to 27, turned back an amendment to the bill that would have allowed the death penalty to still be applied in some specific cases such as murders which involve rape. That vote suggests that the Governor’s bill to repeal Maryland’s death penalty will likely pass.

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Posted On: March 6, 2013

Gun Control Bill Passes in Maryland State Senate

As reported by The Washington Post, and published March 1st, 2013, a version of Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley’s gun control bill passed in the Maryland Senate on Thursday, February 28th. The bill, in its final form, had over 40 amendments. In essence, the bill would ban assault rifles, limit the size of magazines, and require licenses for handgun purchases.

A rally in support of the Governor’s bill was held outside the State House, but the rally also attracted those who wanted to voice their opposition. One sign in support of the bill read simply “Newtown,” evoking memories of the recent tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Another read “End the Violence,” and still another read “Common Sense.”

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