State Roundup: Abuse survivors call for named priests to resign; hemp businesses say cannabis law abandoned them; Moore sign bills aimed at economic development, environment

State Roundup: Abuse survivors call for named priests to resign; hemp businesses say cannabis law abandoned them; Moore sign bills aimed at economic development, environment

The established hemp industry is feeling particularly vulnerable by the nascent cannabis industry. Image by Herbal Hemp from Pixabay

SURVIVORS CALL FOR CHURCH OFFICIALS TO BE REMOVED, 7 OTHERS TO BE REVEALED: Following investigative news stories that lifted the veil of secrecy from a Maryland Attorney General’s report on clergy child sex abuse, survivors gathered Monday outside the Archdiocese of Baltimore offices to demand that five church officials be removed from the ministry and seven other priests be named. Liz Bowie, Dylan Segelbaum, Jessica Calefati and Tim Prudente/The Baltimore Banner.

ONE PRIEST RESIGNS FROM HOSPITAL BOARD: Monsignor Richard “Rick” Woy resigned from his position on the University of Maryland St. Joseph Medical Center’s board of directors after The Baltimore Sun revealed his role in helping to cover up child sexual abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. Lee O. Sanderlin/The Baltimore Sun.

HEMP BUSINESSES FEEL ABANDONED IN NASCENT CANNABIS INDUSTRY: Hemp business and farm owners are concerned that they will have to close or move out of state after Gov. Wes Moore signed the law creating the recreational marijuana industry. The law has a small carveout for the hemp industry, allowing store owners to sell tinctures after the July 1 start date of the recreational industry. But as one store owner said, “That would basically mean we could sell only about 15% of our products … For me, it would be catastrophic. Who can survive on 15%?” Mikenzie Frost/WBFF-TV.

MOORE SIGNS ECON DEVELOPMENT, JOBS BILLS: Gov. Wes Moore signed nearly 200 pieces of legislation Monday during his fifth bill-signing session, this time focusing on economic development, the environment and attracting industries to create hubs in Maryland. Hannah Gaskill and Sam Janesh/The Baltimore Sun.

  • “Today, it’s all about jobs,” said Moore, taking a small shot at his predecessor, Gov. Larry Hogan (R). “For the past decade our state has been falling behind. And we have made it very clear that saying that you’re open for business is not enough. Being open for business can’t just be a slogan. You need to do the work in order to make that real. Our administration inherited and unacceptable economic situation, but we are going to turn this ship around starting today,” Moore said. Bryan Sears/Maryland Matters.

STATE IG: ED DEPT CORRECTLY REMOVED TEST SCORE DATA: Maryland’s Inspector General for Education issued a report Monday evening saying that the state education department correctly removed some test score data from its website in order to adhere to state and federal laws. Liz Bowie/The Baltimore Banner.

COMMENTARY: THE CASE AGAINST THE SUPERINTENDENT: It seems unavoidable that Maryland Schools Superintendent Mohammed Choudhury must go, although his departure and the search for a replacement will take time. School reform of the magnitude of the Blueprint is an uphill struggle under any circumstances. When its chief steward fails to build trust and collaboration, leadership is missing and school reform cannot succeed. Kalman Hettleman/Maryland Matters.

COMMENTARY: TEACH OUR CHILDREN ABOUT FINANCES: Too many of our graduating high school and college seniors struggle with their finances once they get out on their own. While legislation failed to pass in the General Assembly making financially literacy a half-credit course throughout Maryland public schools, eight Maryland counties now require students to take a course in personal finance. Parents should encourage their principals to offer these courses. Julie Weaver/The Baltimore Banner.

TRONE LAUNCHES TV AD BUY IN RACE FOR U.S. SENATE: Just days after announcing he plans to run for Senate, Rep. David Trone (D-Md.) is launching his first major television ad buy, an early sign of how the congressman’s personal wealth can give him a jump in what is expected to be a highly competitive Democratic primary race to fill the seat of retiring Sen. Ben Cardin (D). Meagan Flynn/The Washington Post.

ONCE-SEGREGATED ARUNDEL WATERFRONT PARK NOW OPENED TO ALL: Four decades after Anne Arundel bought the shuttered symbol of racism for $3.4 million, Anthony on Friday joined County Executive Steuart Pittman to celebrate its rebirth as Beverly Triton Nature Park. The ceremony capped 40 years of struggle involving historic forces that continue to limit public access to the bay, difficult negotiations with neighbors, and disagreements over the best way to balance the use of 340 acres of remarkable beauty. Rick Hutzell/The Baltimore Banner.

MARYLAND’s FIRST COUPLE PROMO NEW DATING SHOW: A promotional video for a new dating show, “The One,” airing later this month on TV One, features a couple Baltimoreans will recognize: Gov. Wes Moore and his wife, first lady Dawn Moore. In the two-minute clip, the couple offers up their take on finding lasting love. Abigail Gruskin/The Baltimore Sun.

About The Author

Cynthia Prairie

Contributing Editor Cynthia Prairie has been a newspaper editor since 1979, when she began working at The Raleigh Times. Since then, she has worked for The Baltimore News American, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Prince George’s Journal and Baltimore County newspapers in the Patuxent Publishing chain, including overseeing The Jeffersonian when it was a two-day a week business publication. Cynthia has won numerous state awards, including the Maryland State Bar Association’s Gavel Award. Besides compiling and editing the daily State Roundup, she runs her own online newspaper, The Chester Telegraph. If you have additional questions or comments contact Cynthia at:

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