Parson dismisses Democrats’ memo alleging interference in medical marijuana probe – STLtoday.com

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Gov. Mike Parson speaks during a press conference outside of his office at the Missouri State Capitol Building in Jefferson City on Monday, July 27, 2020.  Photo by Colter Peterson, cpeterson@post-dispatch.com

Colter Peterson

JEFFERSON CITY — Gov. Mike Parson on Wednesday rejected a report by House Democrats saying that in May “credible allegations emerged” that his administration interfered with a legislative investigation into the state’s medical marijuana program.

House Democrats on Monday released the 79-page memo, which includes many other pieces of information, and was largely based on records the Republican-led House Special Committee on Government Oversight obtained this summer from the Department of Health and Senior Services.

Parson, a Republican, said during a news conference, “I think it’s a total political bias report that was done with no factual basis at all.” Parson went on to say the allegation was unsubstantiated.

The memo didn’t specify how the administration is alleged to have interfered with the committee, who alleged the interference, and what evidence the House has to substantiate the allegation.

“This memo will refrain from disclosing details of these allegations as the committee has not yet had the opportunity to discuss them and any next steps which may be appropriate for it to take,” the memo said.

Parson said it was up to the House whether to hold more hearings.

Unlike Parson, House leaders, including House Speaker Elijah Haahr and future House Speaker Rob Vescovo, both Republicans, have not offered any comments on the Democratic memo.

Haahr declined to comment twice when asked about the memo in a Capitol hallway on Wednesday.

Rep. Robert Ross,

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