Pubdate: Thu, 06 Jul 2017
Source: Baltimore Sun (MD)
Copyright: 2017 The Baltimore Sun Company
Author: Luke Broadwater


Gov. Larry Hogan on Thursday made 10 appointments to the Maryland
Medical Cannabis Commission, filling vacant positions and replacing
six commissioners whose terms had expired.

The commission is charged with implementing Maryland's medical
cannabis program. The appointments include doctors, business people
and several members of law enforcement.

The appointments are:

* Charles P. LoDico, a chemist and toxicologist for the Department of
Health and Human Services. His appointment fills a vacancy for a
scientist with experience in cannabis.

* Barry G. Pope, a clinical pharmacist for Conduent State Healthcare
LLC. He has been a registered pharmacist for 20 years. Pope was
recommended for this appointment by the Maryland Pharmacists
Association, and fills a vacancy for a licensed pharmacist on the 

* Brian P. Lopez, a partner in the Osprey Property Co., where he
oversees the company's multifamily- and affordable-housing portfolio.
Lopez fills a vacancy for a member of the public who supports medical

* Dr. Alvin W. Davis, a partner at Anesthesia and Pain Management
Associates in Cumberland, where he specializes in cardiac and thoracic
anesthesia. Davis replaces Dr. Robert A. Lavin as one of three
licensed physicians on the commission.

* Jeffrey R. Gahler, the Harford County sheriff who served 28 years
with the Maryland State Police. Gahler replaces Cheverly Police Chief
Harry Robshaw III as the law enforcement representative on the commission.

* Charles Smith III, the state's attorney for Frederick County since
2007. Smith fills the commission's position for a member of the
Maryland State's Attorneys' Association.

* Rachel Rhodes, horticulture associate agent and master gardener
coordinator for the University of Maryland Extension office in Queen
Anne's County, where she provides horticultural and environmental
education classes. Rhodes replaces Jon Traunfeld as the commission's
representative from the University of Maryland Extension.

* Dr. Ehsan Abdeshahian, a staff physician with specialties in pain
and sports medicine for Advanced Pain Management Specialists.
Abdeshahian replaces Dr. Michael Horberg as a licensed physician on
the commission.

* Scott Welsh, the owner of Maryland Flower and Foliage, where he
maintains 160,000 square feet of greenhouse space and 100,000 square
feet of outdoor growing areas. Welsh replaces Cristina Clara Paul as
an individual with experience in horticulture.

* John T. Gontrum, an assistant comptroller, fills the slot for a
representative of the Maryland comptroller's office.
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