The Maryland Medical Cannabis Commission has approved licenses to four additional medical cannabis dispensaries and one new processor, bringing the total number of operational dispensaries in the state to 69. In the first half of 2018, Maryland dispensaries reaped in sales of $35 million. Read more at the Maryland Business Journal.



WhyHotel Makes Move into Virginia

WhyHotel is partnering with Orr Partners to manage a pop-up hotel at the developer’s residential property under construction at the intersection of Columbia Pike and South George Mason Drive in Arlington. The temporary hotel will encompass 150 of the mixed-use development’s 366 units until June, when it’s scheduled to be complete. Read more at BisNow.



The National Science Foundation awarded a $4 million grant to Engineering For US All, a pilot program being led by University of Maryland College Park’s School of Engineering with a goal of creating an engineering course for high school students across the U.S. Morgan State University, Virginia Tech and Vanderbilt University are also participating in the program that will work with 1,400 students from 40 high schools nationally to develop and test a standardized engineering course. Read more at Baltimore.



Can Community Members Solve the Area’s Traffic Problems?

D.C.’s Office of the Chief Technology Office (OCTO) is now accepting applications for its Gigabit DC Challenge, which aims to address the district’s traffic and changing climate issues. Six developers and entrepreneurs will be named as finalists and get a free WeWork pass for a month to develop their apps, of which two winning teams will split a $34,000 prize. Read more at DC.