Delaney Releases Ad for 2020 Presidential Bid; Marijuana Dispensaries Spend Big on Branding Efforts

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Delaney campaign to air first ad in Democratic presidential primary 

The presidential campaign of John Delaney, a congressman who represents part of Montgomery County, is releasing the first ad of the 2020 Democratic primaries. The ad, called "Dirty Word," will run in Iowa on Sunday. The ad is focused on Delaney's use of the "dirty word" bipartisanship during his campaign stops in Iowa. Delaney has promised that if elected he'll spend his first days in office signing bipartisan bills. [Washington Post]

Marijuana dispensaries in the state work to craft professional image

Medical marijuana dispensaries in Maryland have tried to rebrand the drug and adopt a polished, professional feel. Dispensary owners say they want soccer moms and businesspeople to feel comfortable walking into a shop. Liberty, a Rockville dispensary, even hired a branding agency and architecture firm to help refine the store's image. [Washington Business Journal]

Three people found unconscious in Bethesda home 

A carbon monoxide leak at a home in Montgomery County sent three people to the hospital Wednesday. Fire and rescue workers found the people unconscious when they arrived at the home on Parkwood Drive and Parkwood Terrace in Bethesda. One of the individuals had injuries that were potentially life-threatening. Another was seriously injured, while the third was taken to the hospital as a precautionary measure. [WTOP]

Teen taken into custody in pellet gun investigation 

Police have taken into custody an 18-year-old man suspected of firing a pellet gun at several people in recent weeks. Authorities haven't released the man's name. They are investigating reported pellet gun assaults on Jan. 23 in the Briggs Chaney area and Monday in Silver Spring and Burtonsville. [WJLA]

Mild, cloudy day ahead

Highs on Thursday are expected to hit about 50 degrees, with a chance of showers in the afternoon. The National Weather Service is calling for a mix of rain and snow overnight.  

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