In an effort to protect the privacy and constitutional rights of medical marijuana patients, Pennsylvania regulators said Friday they will no longer make a new medical marijuana registry available on the state’s computer system for Police. This move should help protect patients’ rights to buy firearms, which some states are making illegal for marijuana patients.
The Health Department said that when police need to verify that someone is in the program, they will have to rely on whether or not an applicant gives them a medical marijuana ID card, reported WTAE.
“Medical marijuana is an important medication for Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions,” said Health Department spokeswoman April Hutcheson. “It’s essential that we treat medical marijuana as we would any other medication, and that we protect patient privacy in the process. As with any other health information, patient information regarding medical marijuana is not accessible to police.”
Since the patient registry began on Nov. 1, over 10,000 people have signed up for medical marijuana in Pennsylvania, and the first dispensaries are expected to begin sales In February.
“Each medical marijuana ID card has an expiration date and a seal, which is used to verify authenticity. In the case that law enforcement needs to verify a patient’s participation in the program, they will rely on the patient’s medical marijuana ID card,” Hutcheson said.
She said the change in policy was made “through a collaboration between the governor’s office and agencies to address patient concerns.”
The federal government does not respect states’ rights and continues to go against the will of the people, considering marijuana completely illegal. So they are forcing states not to allow medical marijuana patients to buy firearms. Prescription opiate abusers can still buy guns though.