Monday, April 19, 2021

Former Maryland delegate Cheryl Glenn gets 2 years in prison for bribery


Former Maryland state delegate Cheryl Glenn, who pleaded guilty earlier this year to taking nearly $34,000 in bribes, was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison.

The Democrat from Baltimore, who was elected to the House of Delegates in 2007, pleaded guilty to bribery and wire fraud in January — just weeks after the U.S. attorney for Maryland announced the charges and Glenn resigned from the legislature.

Glenn, 69, was accused of taking bribes related to her cannabis advocacy in five payments, beginning in early 2018 and continuing into 2019. She pleaded guilty to accepting money in exchange for her support on measures that included preferential treatment for Maryland-based cannabis companies and expanded licensing for out-of-state marijuana companies, among other things.

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While in office, Glenn advocated for the inclusion of minority businesses in the state’s marijuana industry. She also sponsored the bill that created Maryland’s medical marijuana program. The program was named for Glenn’s mother, who died of kidney cancer and could not access the drug to ease her symptoms.

“Let me begin by telling you how profoundly remorseful I am,” Glenn told the judge through tears during the hearing in U.S. District Court in Baltimore. “I accept full responsibility for my conduct.”

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