Ethics panel cancels; to meet next week on Baudler complaint

A couple of TV cameras, reporters and a few backers of medical marijuana were sitting in a committee room at the statehouse this morning when someone walked into the room and announced the House Ethics Commtitee would not meet, as scheduled at 11:45 a.m. today.  The meeting’s been rescheduled for noon on Monday.  (UPDATE: The meeting is now scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, February 16.)

The House Ethics Committee is considering a complaint filed against Rep. Clel Baudler over Baudler’s acquisition of a medical marijuana prescription in California.  Baudler told California authorities  he needed the Rx because he had  hemorrhoids and was depressed.  Baudler calls it a “fact finding” mission. 

Mike Pesce of Des Moines filed the complaint.  “He planned this crime and…lied about certain medical conditions to get a medical marijuana card,” Pesce says. “…If he does have respect for the law, and he has respect for the position he held as a law man, then I think he should get on the next plane to California and turn himself in for prosecution.”   (In case you’re puzzled by the “law man” reference, Baudler is a retired state trooper.)

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