Maryland House votes 138-0 to reprimand Del. Morhaim for violating spirit of ethics rules

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- The Maryland House of Delegates has voted to reprimand a lawmaker for using his position to advocate for changes to medical marijuana regulations and procedures for awarding licenses.

The House voted 138-0 on Friday to reprimand Del. Dan Morhaim, a Baltimore County Democrat.

A legislative ethics panel recommended the reprimand on Thursday for using his position to advocate for changes that could have resulted in the gain of a company he worked for that was seeking a license. The committee didn't find legal violations, but it concluded the delegate exercised poor judgment.

Morhaim apologized in a letter to his colleagues for putting himself and the House in a negative light. He says he complied with the letter of the law, "but I might have violated the spirit of the law."

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