Republican Lawmaker Considered Suing Me For Slander and Libel Over Medical Marijuana Story

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I know.  Swoon.

Last month, I wrote a story about State Representative Matthew Baker’s financial connections to the pharmaceutical industry.  In the article, I pointed out that the Health Committee Chair received $22,800 from Big Pharma and some of his largest donors included Astra Zeneca, the American Society of Anesthesiologists and Pfizer.

In an email I obtained, Baker stated “this borders on being slanderous and or libelous for which I will have my legal counsel review,” and Baker went to say “I have never even discussed the issue of marijuana with Big Pharma to my recollection.  I based my decisions on health issues based upon sound medical and scientific research.”  It’s possible that Baker was probably blowing smoke because the representative threatened Keystone Progress with a lawsuit in 2011 after they exposed his ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

In the meantime, I will be working on another story about Representative Baker’s attempt to stonewall medical marijuana legislation.

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