An Iowa lawmaker who was the subject of an ethics complaint for lying about a medical condition to purchase medicinal marijuana in California, says he’s not done when it comes to proving how easy it is to buy such drugs under false pretenses.
The complaint against Representative Clel Baudler, a Republican from Greenfield, was unanimously dismissed Wednesday by the House Ethics Committee. Baudler says the next time he’s out west to see his son and grandchildren, “you won’t believed what I’ve got planned.”
Baudler wouldn’t elaborate on what his plans are to continue to go after false medical practitioners and laws which allow the dispensing of illegal drugs, other than to say he’s still “working on it.”
He says also he’s not sure when he will return to California, but that there are more rumors he has left to investigate. Baudler says his efforts to purchase prescription marijuana, while upsetting to advocates of the legalizing the drug for medicinal purposes, are making legislators in other states see the light about how bad their rulings legalizing the drug were.
Baudler says those states that have medical marijuana are “trying to put the toothpaste back in the tube” by repealing the laws and are as a result, receiving hate e-mails. Baudler says he received interesting e-mails that “If they weren’t so damned funny, they would bother somebody.”
In dismissing the complaint against him, the ethics committee said Baudler’s actions did not fall within their jurisdiction, did not violate house rules, the house code of ethics or the state’s so-called “gift law.”
By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic