The leader of Maryland’s powerful Legislative Black Caucus knew she was facing defeat.
Del. Cheryl D. Glenn (D-Baltimore) made diversifying the state’s new medical marijuana industry a top priority for the largest caucus in the General Assembly, and the issue is personal. Maryland’s marijuana-regulating commission is named after her mother, Natalie M. LaPrade, who died before she could use the drug to alleviate her cancer symptoms. As a black woman, Glenn was tired of seeing her neighbors disproportionately locked up under drug laws but shut out of the profits of drug legalization. Read more »