The Latest on developments on the last day of the Maryland General Assembly’s legislative session (all times local):
The Maryland General Assembly has given final passage to a measure designed to help improve diversity in the state’s medical marijuana industry.
The Senate gave the bill final approval on Monday, the last day of the state’s legislative session.
The measure increases the number of grower licenses from 15 to as many as 22. Two of the licenses are set aside for two companies that sued over the licensing process.
Four more licenses will be up for grabs. The measure takes steps to help minority-owned companies receive them, based on a study earlier this year that concluded minorities have faced obstacles to entering similar industries in the past.
The measure also increases the number of marijuana-processor licenses from 15 to 28.
Maryland lawmakers will be working to finalize measures aimed at fighting crime and improving school safety on the last day of the legislative session.
The 90-day session is scheduled to end Monday at midnight.
The school safety measure includes statewide initiatives relating to training school resource officers, safety drills and identifying mental health concerns that could threaten safety.
Lawmakers also will be working to finalize a package of legislation to fight crime that includes a variety of proposals relating to sentencing, wiretap laws, record expungement and money for programs and grants.
The session winds down with a Maryland election year in the backdrop. Voters will be deciding all of the General Assembly’s 188 seats in November, as well as statewide offices like governor, attorney general and comptroller.