Maryland MMJ commissioner targeted by lawsuits from ex-cops

A Maryland police chief who is also a member of the state’s medical cannabis commission is the target of multiple lawsuits – all filed by former police officers who worked for him – who allege a pattern of sexual harassment, racism, and workplace misconduct.

According to a report by WUSA 9, Police Chief Harry Robshaw III from the town of Cheverly stands accused of sexual assault and of ordering his officers to use racial profiling, specifically on African-Americans.

Among the orders Robshaw gave his subordinates, WUSA 9 reported, was that “if there is more than one black person in a car there is marijuana present and they should investigate.”

Robshaw also faces allegations that he retaliated against an officer by firing him unjustly after the officer’s wife accused him of sexually assaulting her with a pool cue during a 2008 Christmas party.

Robshaw has denied the accusations and said all the officers accusing him of misconduct are lying.

The report could play into a hearing scheduled for Friday on a lawsuit that alleges the Maryland MMJ commission illegally ignored racial diversity when awarding medical cannabis cultivation permits.