Pot Proponent Files Complaint Against IA Lawmaker
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Pot Proponent Files Complaint Against IA Lawmaker
Posted by CN Staff on January 31, 2011 at 17:17:44 PT
By Rod Boshart Lee, Des Moines Bureau 
Source: Sioux City Journal
Des Moines, Iowa -- A Des Moines man who is part of a group fighting to decriminalize marijuana possession said Monday he filed an ethics complaint against a state legislator who admitted he lied about having hemorrhoids and depression to obtain a medical marijuana prescription in California last year.Mike Pesce, a Des Moines resident affiliated with the Green Central Station online radio show and the Iowa Clemency Project, said he brought the complaint against Rep. Clel Baudler, R-Greenfield, because the GOP representative said he knowingly provided false information to obtain a California medical marijuana card as a way to demonstrate why a similar program should not be adopted in Iowa.
“We think that’s definitely a violation of ethics. I think it’s grounds for impeachment,” said Pesce, who noted that the state constitution denotes grounds for impeachment as the commission of any misdemeanor or malfeasance and what Baudler did violated the law of another state.Baudler, who said in an October email that he did what he did to “show how asinine it would be to legalize ‘medical marijuana,’” declined to comment Monday because he had not seen the ethics complaint brought against him. He previously noted he did not think he would face an ethics sanction because he didn’t believe the person he saw in California was a real doctor and he never filled the prescription he was given.“I’m actually surprised that no lawmaker took it upon themselves to file an ethics complaint,” he said. “It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to realize that you can’t go to a physician and lie about a condition to get a regulated drug.You can’t do that here in Iowa. You can’t do that in any state. That’s a violation of the law. I’m actually shocked that nobody’s done this already.”Sen. Joe Bolkcom, D-Iowa City, who has proposed legislation similar to laws in 17 other states that he said have determined that medical cannabis has a medical value for chronically ill people, called what Baudler purported to have done was “just over the top.”Bolkcom noted that Iowa has established a data base to prevent people from “doctor shopping” in the manner than Baudler described. “It seemed like his charade in California was pretty inappropriate,” Bolkcom said, but it would be up to the House Ethics Committee to decide the seriousness of what he did.Rep. Kevin Koester, R-Ankey, chairman of the House Ethics Committee, said Baudler will have 10 days to respond once he formally receives the complaint, which must meet three tests – the allegation must involve a legislator, it had to have happened in the past three year, and the complainant must have proper standing. He said he expected the ethics panel would meet by mid-February to discuss the allegations.The House Public Safety Committee, which Baudler chairs, voted unanimously Monday to approve House Study Bill 4, which would eliminate a provision in Iowa law allowing medicinal use of marijuana.The bill would clarify who determines the proper classification for marijuana. The Legislature and state Board of Pharmacy have disagreed on which body determines whether marijuana is a Schedule I or Schedule II controlled substance. The classification determines whether it is available for medicinal use. HSB 4 strikes a reference to marijuana as a Schedule II substance.Source: Sioux City Journal (IA)Author: Rod Boshart Lee, Des Moines Bureau Published: Monday, January 31, 2011Copyright: 2011 Sioux City JournalContact: mikegors siouxcityjournal.comWebsite: Medical Marijuana Archives 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on February 16, 2011 at 12:18:00 PT
Ethics Panel Clears Lawmaker
An "Ethics" panel? Very skewed "Ethics" they must have, and no doubt,they, as individuals and as a "Panel" are crooked as a snake!
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on February 16, 2011 at 11:21:49 PT
Ethics Panel Clears Lawmaker in Marijuana Case
 February 16, 2011 Des Moines, Iowa (AP) -- An ethics panel has cleared an Iowa lawmaker who acknowledged faking symptoms to obtain a medical marijuana prescription in California.The six-member House Ethics Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to dismiss a complaint filed by a medical marijuana advocate against Rep. Clel Baudler.The Greenfield Republican had obtained the prescription last year but never filled it. Baudler says he was trying to demonstrate that Iowa shouldn't legalize medical marijuana and adopt a California-style system.Baudler is a former state trooper and chairman of the House Public Safety Committee.The Iowa Board of Pharmacy voted unanimously last year to recommend that lawmakers reclassify marijuana so it could be used for medical purposes, but lawmakers say an effort to set up a medical marijuana program is unlikely to move forward anytime soon.Copyright: 2011 The Associated PressURL:
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Comment #8 posted by Hope on February 01, 2011 at 19:42:12 PT
Mr. Pesce. Wonderful work and welcome to C-News. 
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Comment #7 posted by FoM on February 01, 2011 at 16:44:17 PT
Welcome to CNews. Thank you for all your efforts. 
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Comment #6 posted by iowasith on February 01, 2011 at 16:31:29 PT:
from Mike
Thanks everyone. 
This is an ongoing effort by alot of us here in Iowa. It looks like we still have a long fight ahead of us.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on February 01, 2011 at 16:29:34 PT
All done!
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Comment #4 posted by RevRayGreen on February 01, 2011 at 16:21:16 PT
I'm going to have Mike register here FOM
so if you can fastrack him in the door.Thanks for all the love from CN...check this video out, it's when Mike called for half-baked Baudler to be impeached......GreenCentralStation BRINGS IT!!Exposing IA Lawmaker in HSB 4 Sub Hearing
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on February 01, 2011 at 10:35:48 PT
Mike Pesce
Is a friend of our own Ray Green.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on February 01, 2011 at 09:43:38 PT
I agree, Sam.
He's getting in there amongst them.
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Comment #1 posted by Sam Adams on February 01, 2011 at 09:33:23 PT
great idea
this is sort of stand-up effort that brings a tear to my eye, bless you Mike Pesce! Challenge the hypocrisy at every opportunity!
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