Notes and quotes for March 2019

By Mike Lewis
A new Home2 Suites by Hilton hotel is slated to open in Hagerstown this spring. The Bowman Development project is at 1661 Pullman Lane, off Wesel Boulevard. According to building permit information on file with the city, the $8.4 million extended-stay hotel will have four stories and 105 rooms. It will be the fourth in the Bowman portfolio.

Things seen and overheard around the region last month, compiled by reporter Mike Lewis:

Medical marijuana

Ed Weidenfeld

Edward Weidenfeld, who founded a medical cannabis company, said it might be “seven to 15 years before (medical marijuana) really becomes legal across the United States of America.”

Weidenfeld and his business partner, Andras Kirschner, have an established Washington, D.C., cultivation facility, Phyto Management LLC, which produces and sells its products under the District Cannabis brand. They also are the founders of Maryland Cultivation and Processing, which recently acquired property in Hagerstown, Md., for a medical cannabis growing and processing facility.

Weidenfeld said that, while the federal government might change marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug, “it doesn’t seem likely to oppose those states that want to keep it out.” With that in mind, he predicts it will be several years before medical cannabis is legal across the country.

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania, Maryland and West Virginia have adopted legislation allowing medical cannabis in their states.

HCC is No. 2

Hagerstown Community College has been named the No. 2 RN nursing school program in Maryland by RegisteredNursing.org.

The organization ranked the schools by analyzing current and historical nursing exam pass rates.

The rankings, including the top school and area institutions of note:

1. Cecil College, North East, associate degree program

2. Hagerstown Community College, Hagerstown, associate degree and LPN to RN programs

10. Towson University, Towson, bachelor’s degree program

13. Frederick Community College, associate degree and LPN to RN programs

15. Allegany College of Maryland, Cumberland, associate degree and LPN to RN programs

Big year for Volvo

According to a news release, “2018 was a record year for the Volvo Group.”

Volvo Group, based in Sweden, has operations near Hagerstown, Md., and Shippensburg, Pa.

For the full year, the company grew net sales by 17 percent to $42 billion and reported a margin of 10.4 percent.

“Trucks, construction equipment, Volvo Penta and financial services all recorded their highest adjusted operating income ever,” the release stated.

The Volvo Group is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of trucks, buses, construction equipment and marine and industrial engines.