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Md. legislative ethics committee mum on Morhaim complaint

Del. Dan Morhaim.

Del. Dan Morhaim. (File)

ANNAPOLIS — Members of a state legislative committee Wednesday had little to say regarding an ethics complaint against one delegate from Baltimore County.

Members of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics met for three hours but left the room with barely a word to reporters. Some just waved as questions were asked. Others slipped out the back door. A few acknowledged journalists only with a groan.

Sen. James E. “Ed” DeGrange Sr., D-Anne Arundel County and co-chair of the committee, declined to comment on the meeting to discuss Del. Dan K. Morhaim, D-Baltimore County, one of the chief architects of the state’s medical marijuana law, and his work with one medical marijuana company.

DeGrange told reporters that the meeting was confidential and could not legally be discussed.

Morhaim is the clinical director of Doctor’s Orders, a company that sought a license under the state’s fledgling medical marijuana program. The six-term delegate and licensed physician has said that he followed all disclosure laws.

Wednesday’s meeting by the ethics committee was meant to determine if a more formal investigation into the matter is warranted.

While members of the committee are not permitted to speak on investigations, Morhaim can waive confidentiality.

“I followed all the rules, broke none, and will cooperate fully with the Committee,” Morhaim said in an emailed statement in response to several questions.

Morhaim declined to elaborate on what the committee discussed Wednesday, whether the panel has decided to move forward with a full investigation or if he is scheduled to meet with members of the committee.

Sen. James E. "Ed" DeGrange Sr., D-Anne Arundel county and co chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics," declines to comment on a 3-hour meeting to discuss complaints against Del. Dan K. Morhaim. The meetings of the committee are confidential by law. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)

Sen. James E. “Ed” DeGrange Sr., D-Anne Arundel county and co chair of the Joint Committee on Legislative Ethics,” declines to comment on a 3-hour meeting to discuss complaints against Del. Dan K. Morhaim. The meetings of the committee are confidential by law. (The Daily Record / Bryan P. Sears)


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