Is There Really Any Equity in Maryland’s Medical Marijuana Industry?

On the surface this training appeared to be an excellent step in rectifying the inequities in the medical marijuana industry. However, as a participant of the training, I quickly realized that this industry was big business and deep pockets were needed to get a foothold in the industry. Training and education would not be enough to address the lack of opportunity.  In fact, the trainers estimated that it would cost $30 million dollars just to get the doors open on a cannabusiness. Access to just one million dollars is not a privilege for most people. So, having millions of dollars as a prerequisite to starting a cannabusiness automatically excludes everyone who is not a part of the one percent. Not to mention that in addition to the millions of dollars needed to start a business it was recommended that we get an attorney,  a lobbyist, and a land zoning specialist to submit a $2,000 application for a grower or processor license. This recommendation was almost insulting, as it was absurd. On average, a typical business license cost no more than $500 in the state of Maryland.

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Time Management: Productivity vs. Busyness

We live in a society that often confuses busyness with productivity. This misconception often leads to inefficiencies and unnecessary stress that causes us to believe there is just not enough time. We often do not have enough time to sit and eat lunch, to exercise, or to spend with our family and friends. Time seems to be what escapes us all. Since this is a challenge that many of us face, let us explore what is the differences between being busy and productive.

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Congratulations to Ebony Davis for Being Featured as a Social Worker of the Month

Thank you Nicki Sanders for featuring Ebony Davis as one of the Social Workers of the Month.  We appreciate your dedication to fostering the growth of new social work professionals.  We admire your ability to inspire and encourage the next generation of social workers. 

Check out Ebony's interview now at Social Work Month Interview with Ebony Davis, MPA, MSW, LCSW-C

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Tips for Creating an Inclusive Workplace

Many organizations have diversity policies.  Some even have annual trainings, which educate staff about harassment and its consequences.  However, having an inclusive workplace is more than policies and an annual training.  Rather it is the ability to embrace and cultivate the unique and diverse backgrounds, perspectives, knowledge base, and abilities of employees to accomplish organizational goals.

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Why Should Every Organization Have a Social Worker?

Many organizations and companies fail due to working in silos and their inability to cultivate their best resource, their personnel.  Social workers not only understand people to improve performance, but also to improve people’s quality of life.  Additionally, social workers are extensively trained in seeing and understanding the big picture.  Therefore, they are equipped with the skill set and knowledge to build partnerships and programs that get at the root of a problem.  

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