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The chronic-le, Summer, 2012

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The chronic-le, Summer, 2012
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The chronic-le
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With pipes becoming art, a new vocabulary is emerging. By William Breathes
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Our updated guide to the metro area’s MMJ dispensaries.
Money for the state’s Medical Marijuana Technology Information project starts flowing July 1. Details could come later.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are moving forward with a computer system that will link the state’s medical marijuana patient registry with CBI criminal databases — a move that activists claim violates constitutional protection of
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In November 2000, Colorado voters approved Amendment20, legalizing medical marijuana in this state; the measure called for the CDPHE to establish a registry of patients who had received a doctor’s recommendation for the medication. The amendment also allows law enforcement agencies to access this information when officials “stopped or arrested a person who claims to be engaged in the medical use of marijuana and [is] in possession of a registry identification card or its functional equivalent”
But the law did not specify how law enforcement officials would be able to access that information. For the past decade, they have had to call the CDPHE and speak with an employee there in order to verify the status of a person who claims to be a patient on the registry. With the explosion of the medical marijuana industry over the past few years, though, the idea of a digital interface between law enforcement and the
By Willlaa Breathes
CDPHE emerged, with some discussion of the possibilities as legislators and law enforcement officials crafted rules for the industry that later developed into House Bill 1284 and Senate Bill 109.
The proposals created a stir in the cannabis community, with groups like the Cannabis Therapy Institute and individual activists — including Robert Chase, Rico Colibri and Kathleen Chippi — very vocal in their opposition to any sort of digital connection, arguingthat it would violate the Colorado Constitution by allowing law enforcement to access private health information. Instead, they suggested that the CDPHE be staffed so that an employee would always be available to field calls from law enforcement, providing the requested information while also preserving the privacy of the database.
But there were hints that the digital interface could be used to go much further. Notes from a March 2011 meeting of the state Office of Information Technology uncovered by activist Corey Donahue outlined a draft proposal that digital searches continued on page 10
The Chronic-le is published by Westword, 969Broadway, Denver, CO 80203; the contents are copyright 2012 by Village Voice Media. For information, e-mail marpuana@westword.com or call303-296-7744.
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6 .. '* ....... 1 4 G l assAct With pip es b ecoming art, a new vocabul ary i s emerging . By William Br e athes 28 Col o rado Cente rs Our upda ted guide to the metro are a' s MMJ dis p ens aries . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . e Colorado D epartment of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Bureau of Investi ga tion are moving forward with a comput e r system that will link the state ' s medic al mari juana patient registry with CBI criminal databases a move that activists claim v iolates constitutional protection of patient privacy . In November 2000, Colorado vot ers approved Amendment 20, legalizing medical marijuana in this state; the mea sure called for the CDPHE to establish a registry of patients who had received a doctor's recommendation for the medi cation . The amendment also allows l aw enforcement agencies to access this in formation when officials " stopped or arrested a person who claims to be engaged in the medical u se of marijuana and [is] in possession of a registry identification card or i ts functional equivalent. " But the law did not specify how law enforcement officials would be able to access that information. For the past decade , they have had to call the CDPHE and speak with an employee there in order to verify the status of a person who claims to be a patient on the registry. With the explosion of the medical marijuana industry over the past few years , though , the idea of a digital interface be tween law enforcement and the Money for the state's Medical Marijuana Technology Information project starts flowing July 1. Details could come later . IIJWIIIIa • ..... • • CDPHEemerged , with som e discussion of the possibilities as legislators and law enforce m ent officials crafted rules for the industry that later developed into House Billl284 and Senate Billl09 . The proposal s created a stir in the cannabis community, with groups like the Cannabis Therapy Institute and in dividual activists including Robert Chase , Rico Colibri and Kathleen Chippi very vocal in their opposition to any sort of digital conn e ction, arguing that it would violate the Colorado C onstitution by allowing law enforcement t o access private health information . Instead , they suggested that the CDPHE be staffed so that an employee would always be avail able to field calls from law enforcement, providing the requested information while also preserving the p rivacy of the database. But there were hints that the digi tal interface could be used to go much further. Notes from a March 2011 me et ing of the state Office of Informa tion Technology uncovered by activist Corey Donahue outlined a draft propo sal that digital searches continu ed on page 10 The Chronic-le is published by Westword, 969 Broadway, D e nver, C O 80203; the cont ents are copyright 2 012 by Village Voice Media. For infonnation, e mai l marijua n a@westward.com or cal/3 03-296-7744. THE CHRO I C -LE JUNE 201 2 I WESTWORD.COM