State's Attempt To Diversify Medical Pot Industry Falls Flat with Some; Police Seek Missing Olney Woman, Son

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Opinions divided over bill designed to boost diversity in medical pot licensing

A proposal passed by the Maryland House of Delegates would create 15 new licenses for medical marijuana firms in the state, but designate four of them for companies that already have licenses. The bill has upset some who hoped that the legislature would look to diversify the fledgling industry. Only one of the 30 existing licenses was awarded to a black-owned firm, and the state has faced criticism for lack of inclusiveness in the licensing process. [Baltimore Sun]

Police ask public to help find missing mother and son 

Montgomery County police are looking for a mother and her 5-year-old son who went missing Saturday in Olney. The family of the woman, Crystal Marie Woods, 33, and her son, Gianni Vanegas, are concerned for their well-being, police have reported. Woods is 5 feet, 4 inches in height and weighs about 180 pounds. She was last seen in black leggings and a black sweatshirt with the word "pink" written on the front. Her son is about 3 feet tall and weighs 41 pounds. He has brown hair and eyes. [WJLA]

Howard County decides to stop using gender-specific word, 'firemen'

The Howard County Council has voted to replace the word "firemen" with "firefighters" in the county's code, a decision aimed at recognizing women in the profession. In addition, the county's fire department chief said the Howard County Volunteer Firemen's Association has changed its name to the Howard County Volunteer Firefighters Association. An assistant chief in the department said the name changes could help women see themselves as firefighters and boost recruitment efforts. [WTOP]

Toys R Us thinks of liquidating U.S. stores

Toys R Us is looking at liquidating its U.S. stores as it deals with financial trouble. The company has about a dozen stores in the D.C. area. Since it filed for bankruptcy in September, the company has been working to find a buyer or restructure its debt in some way. However, its efforts so far have been unsuccessful, leading the company to consider liquidation. [Washington Business Journal]

Snow fall possible Monday afternoon

Some rain or snow could hit the area during the afternoon. The skies are expected to be cloudy, with temperatures rising to about 40 degrees. There will be a chance of snow overnight, according to the National Weather Service.

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