cannabis

Beth MacLeod, Julie Donovan and Dave Pierson visited with us for over an hour explaining how their Maryland Cannabis sales operation is being run in Harford County.  It seems that soon a similar operation will be opening in Centreville.  There presentation was thorough and tight.  They really do care about folks who have pain, mental issues and other symptoms which some forms of cannabis are seen to treat with great anecdotal efficiency.  It makes sense to me why these treatments should be legal and obtainable, but admittedly, we do not have all the normal evidence from thorough and complete FDA drug trials.  There is a very long history of society using these drugs without any large body of negative evidence.  For now, that’s what we have to go on.  Since it has been so very unproductive to lock citizens up for using or selling products related to cannabis, we are now on the road to total decriminalization.  While I think the real evidence is still somewhat light, I am happy to see the law change to fit today’s reality.  Noting is created by laws which can’t be changed later when we simply know more.

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Users are being assisted by trained staff who help them purchase medicine that is best suited for their needs.   However, it appears that those qualified customers may choose to purchase the psychoactive variety of cannabis drugs which are more related to getting high.  Is this what all the regulation and red tape miss?  If recreational use becomes legal, then “who cares”?  

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The benefits of the products available may be worth any risks associated with recreational abuse or extraordinary long term effects.  We will see, in time.  It was really educational and wonderful sharing of experiences.  You missed a great meeting.

 

 

Brian Moore Leslie Sea

Local radio has evolved into streaming around the world via the Internet.  However, the news which concerns our  local citizens and one time locals who have moved elsewhere still is generated in Chestertown and in Kent County.  WCTR has programming, news and information which meets the needs and interests of this unique demographic audience.  Not only in broadcasting, but now the company has morphed into one which joins traditional on-air advertising into one which can create and manage websites and the myriad of social media advertising needs of modern business.  For those of you who have no social media understanding, then you need to know that modern businesses often make a huge success in business by knowing how to use these modern connectivity tools.  If you don’t understand it, then you may need to hire this expertise to make your business successful.  That’s what you must know.  If you can buy the expertise and if they know how to use it on your behalf you are covered.

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You really need to look up the WCTR website to figure out the program content.  It is local, but covers national news, up to date weather, and business.  The topics are a great blend of what may interest Kent County residents, but it is not limited to just local happenings.  While the market for over the air radio is not growing, there is reason to believe that broadcasting via the Internet and localized over the air radio will continue to be a strong but boutique business model for many years to come.  Combine this with a business that can leverage advertising into the mix and there may be a perfect package for what our area needs.

 

 

 

 

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The news is pretty good.  There’s plenty to be thankful for, but there are several large issues which could become increasingly problematic.  You have to take the good with the bad, and that’s what the state of affairs is.

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The Marina is looking healthy and viable.  It is nearly ready for promotion and clients.  It could be a success.  We will see how it goes.  One would be hard pressed to criticize so much good work and effort that has been made to date.  We’ll keep our fingers crossed

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The hospital remains under long term threat of closure, but the current situation is not all bad.  It may be time that the oil issue is finally put to rest after decades of remediation for the spill

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There are a couple park improvements which are coming to pass this year which will be pleasing to citizens.  Many one to three day events are scheduled and they seem a perfect fit for the tourism Chestertown needs.  While there have been major commitments of renewal and construction from local powerhouse businesses such as La Motte and Dixon Valve, there is plenty of room for new employers and businesses here.  The movie theater is up and running.  Restaurants and bars are in the process of being constructed or opening shortly.  The Farmer’s Market has new guidelines meeting their needs.  The Sultana project has grown much larger and more viable.

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All in all, 2018 was a great year for Chestertown and 2019 looks like some very good things will continue to bloom here.  That’s all good news!  Hopefully, the County Commissioners will find a way to give Chestertown and Rock Hall the tax differential payments these places truly need to survive and prosper.

 
Phil has been active with this group as a leader and past President for the past 20 years.  He currently serves as Vice-President.   The Friends of the Refuge launched a letter writing and mass campaign to save the Refuge from being closed over the past two years.  It has been a successful pursuit.  The place is still open to the public and the friends of the Refuge have become a crucial element in keeping the place open and viable for tourism and those seeking a diversion from the busy character of life in urban environments.

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In theory, the Feds have a responsibility to fund and run refuges and parks for the benefit of all the public, but behind the scenes there are agendas which favor major preserves over minor ones.  Where most National Parks are well funded and not under any threat of closure, the minor public lands can easily find themselves targets of spending cuts, or suffering from a lack of increased funding as inflation silently erodes the level of available services.  Phil told us that when the Feds intended to close Eastern Neck they had 13 additional places in mind to discontinue funding also in mind.  After the campaign to preserve Eastern Neck, the other 13 places were closed.  Only Eastern Neck was saved for the enjoyment of the public.  Even so, without the efforts and funding provided by this private, not for profit entity, Eastern Neck would have virtually no staff and maintenance.  It is sort of a bittersweet win, but it is thankfully, not a loss.  Some things are worth preserving.  Some things are worth paying for.  The Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge is among those things that have real value not only to our natural world, but to the people who visit there.
 
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