Colo. marijuana patients protest privacy breaches

DENVER — Some marijuana patients on Colorado’s registry are putting paper bags over their heads and protesting a Board of Health meeting on Wednesday.

The patients are calling for the state to shut down its list of about 107,000 people who have cards that allow them to buy marijuana at dispensaries.

The patients want the registry shut down because of security breaches. The state’s medical marijuana registry is supposed to be confidential, with limited exceptions for law enforcement, but a state audit two months ago revealed the state health department hasn’t kept the records secret. The audit criticized the department for sharing the list with contractors without requiring confidentiality agreements.

The health department has agreed to improve security, but the protesters want to see quicker action.


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