Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee, Malcolm Ruff, Maryland discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


A new bill in Maryland aims to stop police from conducting searches based on the smell of cannabis during traffic stops. It comes several months after voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum, making recreational marijuana legal. Supporters argued in yesterday's Senate judicial proceedings committee hearing that allowing police to conduct a search base solely solely on the smell, creates an opportunity for selective enforcement. Here's attorney Malcolm ruff. Once we make marijuana legal for millions of adults in Maryland, the smell will no longer be indicative of that criminal activity is probably a foot or even that there's suspicion that criminal activity is occurring. Now, opponents of the bill say the smell could indicate there's a larger amount in the car, which would be illegal. Oftentimes there are very significant felony arrests that come out of a probable search based on the order of marijuana. That is sheriff Mike Lewis of Y kamako county. D.C. has already spent millions on tutoring efforts to help students recover from the pandemic now. The city is expanding those efforts. 9 organizations ranging from American university to Horton's kids will receive grants to fund the tutoring sessions. Mayor muriel Bowser says the $7 million investment will allow the city to reach more students. That will allow these organizations to work with 3600 more students over the next 20 months. High impact tutoring usually occurs in small groups for at least 90 minutes per week, superintendent Christina grant. Our 9 new providers are going to focus on math and literacy. They're going to think differently about how they provide individualized service. Grant expects the city to exceed its goal of providing tutoring to 10,000 kids by September 2024. Scott gelman. A program that offers virtual mental health services to fairfax county high school students is being postponed a fairfax county fairfax county public school says the pilot program was supposed to launch in January, but the school system now says it will take another few months. That's because it's still finalizing things with the vendor over cybersecurity requirements. The county allotted $500,000 for the program in its budget. More than 50% of U.S. adults support ending the sale of all tobacco products, a new study from the CDC also found that nearly two thirds of people polled say they want menthol cigarettes banned. The poll published yesterday in the journal preventing chronic disease included more than 6000 U.S. adults surveyed in 2021 before the FDA proposed a ban on menthol cigarettes

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