The Natalie M. LaPrade Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission develops policies, procedures, and regulations to implement programs that ensure medical cannabis is available to qualifying patients in a safe and effective manner. The Commission oversees all licensing, registration, inspection, and testing measures pertaining to Maryland’s medical cannabis program and provides relevant program information to patients, physicians, growers, dispensers, processors, testing laboratories and caregivers.
Director of Enforcement and Compliance
Director of Administration
Mary Jo Mather
Director of Program Analytics (METRC)
Director of Laboratory Compliance
Regional Enforcement and Compliance Supervisor
Regional Enforcement and Compliance Supervisor
Prince George’s County
St. Mary’s County
Anne Arundel County
Queen Anne County
Regional Enforcement and Compliance Supervisor
There are 13 members serving on the Commission.
Paul W. Davies, M.D. (Chairman), is the founding partner and president of KURE Pain Management, a large and growing pain management practice with eight locations in Maryland. He is board certified in interventional pain management and completed his pain fellowship training at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He has over ten years experience in treating patients in pain and has treated thousands of patients during that period. He earned his medical degree from the University of Manchester, England and has completed residencies at the University of Pittsburgh, Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia and Western Pennsylvania Hospital. He was a post-doctoral fellow at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Dario Broccolino, J.D.,was sworn in as State’s Attorney for Howard County in April 2008. Prior to joining the state’s attorney’s office Mr. Broccolino served as State’s Attorneys’ Coordinator for Maryland and the Executive Director of the Maryland State’s Attorney’s Association from 1988 to 1999. A veteran prosecutor, Mr. Broccolino served as an assistant state’s attorney in Baltimore City, serving under four state’s attorneys between 1977 and 1988. Toward the latter part of his service in Baltimore City, his expertise included the prosecution of economic crimes, arson, and narcotics. Mr. Broccolino received his Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola College in Maryland and his Juris Doctorfrom the University of Baltimore, School of Law.
John Gontrum, Esq., has been with the Comptroller of Maryland since 2011, and serving as the Assistant Comptroller since May of 2015. In that position he is the liaison between the Office of the Comptroller and the Maryland Board of Public Works which, among its responsibilities, controls state procurement policy, adopts procurement regulations, approves most contracts entered into by the state exceeding $200,000, approves the expenditure of all general obligation bonds, and approves the expenditure of funds for capital improvements. Mr. Gontrum previously served as the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Office of the Comptroller, representing the agency before the Maryland General Assembly. Mr. Gontrum received a B.A. from Gettysburg College and a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.
Cristina Gouin-Paul has both a BS and MS in Horticultural Research from UMD and is a Maryland Certified Professional Horticulturist. She has managed a quarantine bio-level 1 greenhouse since 1991 maintaining a class ten pesticide applicators license and nutrient management certification and license in Maryland. Other experience and knowledge includes: hydroponics, tissue culture, commercial rooted cutting and annual production, plant pathology, horticultural control systems, growth chambers, insect vectoring of plant pathogens, grafting, and integrated pest management. She was also a member of the EPA expert panel which created the current pesticide applicator core exam used by most states and provinces in Canada.
Michael A. Horberg, M.D., MAS, FACP, FIDSA is Executive Director of Research and Community Benefit for the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group and the director of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute. In that role, he has responsibility for all research efforts in Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic, including clinical trials. He is also director of HIV/AIDS for Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Horberg has extensive experience with medical marijuana for patients with chronic health conditions. He is familiar with the research in the area of medical marijuana, including the therapeutic benefits, issues of dependence and the potential interactions with other medications. He graduated from Boston University’s College of Liberal Arts and School of Medicine and completed his internal medicine residency at Michael Reese Hospital in Chicago (University of Chicago affiliate). He received his Master of Advanced Studies (Clinical Research) from University of California San Francisco.
Robert A. Lavin, M.D. is an attending physician on faculty at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine and the Kernan Hospital of Baltimore. He is also Director of the Chronic Pain Management Program at the Baltimore Veterans Administration where he develops pain treatment policies and serves as chair of the Pain Treatment Committee. Dr. Lavin is also a consultant at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. Dr. Lavin received his M.D. from the George Washington University School of Medicine, a Master of Science degree in Genetics from the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Biology from Brandeis University.
Jeanie Gilmor Marshall, RN, BSN, is a
registered nurse (RN) at Gilchrist Hospice, caring for patients from admissions
to end of life. Previously, she worked as an oncology RN at Mercy
Hospital on the Surgical Oncology floor. Ms. Marshall received her
Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Stevenson University, a Bachelor’s Degree in
Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from the College of
Notre Dame of Maryland, and holds a graduate Certification in PDD/Autism from
Johns Hopkins Hospital.
James R. Pyles is
the Director of Safety and Security for the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
(DHMH). Mr. Pyles joined DHMH after his retirement in 2015 as a
26-year veteran of the Maryland State Police (MSP). He last served as
Major and the commander of the Northern Command - Criminal Enforcement
Division, which included the Central, Northern and Western Commands and was
comprised of nine counties spanning from Garrett to Cecil counties. In
this position, he oversaw all criminal and narcotics investigators and their
work in the northern half of the state. His areas of responsibilities
while at MSP included auto theft, public corruption, insurance fraud,
environmental crimes, gang unit, computer crimes unit, insurance fraud, child
recovery, human trafficking, digital forensics laboratory, Maryland Center for
Missing Children, Maryland State Apprehension Team, technical surveillance, and
the Pro Active Criminal Enforcement Team. Mr. Pyles holds
a Bachelor’s Degree in criminal justice from Fairmont State
University and a Master’s Degree in management from Johns Hopkins
University. He also serves on the Board of Trustees
at Allegany College of Maryland.
Colonel Harry Robshaw, III, is currently Chief of Police of the Cheverly Police Department. Colonel Robshaw has 40 years of law enforcement experience, with an extensive background in narcotics enforcement, community policing and crime reduction through environmental design and in planning and incorporating crime deterrence strategies. Colonel Robshaw retired at the rank of Captain from the Prince George’s County Policy Depoartment in 2001. Colonel Robshaw received his Bachelor of Science degree from University of Maryland University College.
Nancy Rosen-Cohen, Ph.D., is an executive management professional with substantial experience in health care reform and corporate development. Dr. Rosen-Cohen is the Executive director of the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. She was appointed to the Governor’s Medical Marijuana Model Program Workgroup in 2011. This group was responsible for developing a model program for facilitating patient access to marijuana for medical purposes. Dr. Rosen-Cohen received a Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education from Indiana University and a Bachelor of Science in Special Education from Butler University.
Eric E. Sterling, Esq., has over 32 years of experience as a lawyer working on medical marijuana issues. Since 1989 he has been the President of The Criminal Justice Policy Foundation, a private non-profit educational organization that helps educate the nation about criminal justice issues and failed global drug policy. Mr. Sterling was counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary from 1979 until 1989. On the staff of the Subcommittee on Crime, (Rep. William J. Hughes (D-NJ), Chairman), he was responsible for drug enforcement, gun control, money laundering, organized crime, pornography, terrorism, corrections, and military assistance to law enforcement, among many issues. He received a Juris Doctor from Villanova University School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from Haverford College.
Jon Traunfeld, M.S., is Extension Specialist, Vegetables & Fruits, for University of Maryland Extension where he serves as State Master Gardener Coordinator and Director of the Home and Garden Information Center. He trains Master Gardeners and supports backyard, school, and community food production through the Grow It Eat It program. Mr. Traunfeld began his Extension career in 1989 assisting community gardeners in Baltimore City. Mr. Traunfeld earned an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College and a M.S. in Agricultural Extension Education from the University of Tennessee.
Saundra Washington - Sandy O. Washington – Co-Founder and Executive Director
of Lifestyles, Inc., Ms. Washington has been in the social service field for
more than 42 years. As the Executive Director, she oversees the
organization’s programs which include Human Services, Health Services,
Transportation, and Economic Development. Her knowledge of organizational
development allowed her to develop the Regional Alzheimer's office in Southern
Maryland over 24 years ago, before establishing Lifestyles of Maryland.
Ms. Washington has received a number of gubernatorial appointments including
the Judicial Nominating Committee. She has also received several awards:
Charles County Sheriff's Award; Charles County Commission for Women Trailblazer
Award; the Salome Howard Award and an award for serving on the Charles County
Commissioners' Nonprofits Grants Advisory Panel.
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