Monday, December 16, 2013

Privacy complaints persist over Colorado marijuana

Posted By on Mon, Dec 16, 2013 at 9:31 AM

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The Colorado Board of Health is looking at reducing the $35 fee charged to those applying to get their red card through joining the state's medical-marijuana registry. The public rule-making hearing for that will happen at 10 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the Sabin-Cleere conference room at the main campus of the Department of Public Health and Environment.

Before that happens, though, Laura Kriho and the Cannabis Therapy Institute have a bone to pick with the registry: The promised confidentiality of the information is not playing out in reality. Here she is citing one issue to the board in October, as quoted by the Associated Press:

"Clearly, law enforcement is getting access to the registry," Kriho said. "There are too many of these complaints to fluff them off to paranoia."

Additionally, the state auditor found a variety of breaches of privacy, among other issues. (Find that on p. 69.) So, Kriho's asking anybody similarly concerned to email the state.

"Please send an email to the Board of Health," she writes in a press release, "asking them to eliminate the Registry fee for patients until they can guarantee the Registry's confidentiality and until their $13 million in over-collected Registry fees are depleted."


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