Medical marijuana registry snafu makes private records public

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Ron Hyman.
The private information of as many as two dozen medical marijuana patients was improperly handled, according to 7News. The John Ferrugia report claims that "sensitive information in the medical marijuana registry, including names, dates of births and Social Security numbers" were sent out via mail, stapled to a packet of information intended for another medical marijuana patient.

Ron Hyman, director of the registry, said it was likely a mistake made by an employee who thought the e-mail was a "piece of scrap paper."

Hyman admitted to Ferrugia that this wasn't an isolated incident. It had apparently taken place at least fourteen times, and there may be more cases about which the registry isn't aware. "We encourage people, anyone, who believe that they may have had an instance when their information was inappropriately handed out to contact us so we can make a corrective action," Hyman said.

According to the story, "Hyman said it's been a learning experience and he wants to continually improve the process." That's a pretty nice way of saying someone made a rather large fuck-up.

You can read the original story and watch the 7News broadcast here.

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Denver MMJ Patient
Denver MMJ Patient

Scary. 'As many as fourteen times?!' Sounds like somebody exploiting the medical marijuana community to me, which, as a member does not sit right with me. 

Ricky - How I wish I would've been more knowledgeable before sending my Colorado medical marijuana red card application in, and I think that you have a great idea there. 

Angela Macdonald
Angela Macdonald

Last year I burned my card because of privacy issues, violations of the Constitution (per HB1284), and general disgust for the way I am portrayed as a patient, specifically by detached lawmakers.  Non-participation in a system which is solely reliant on participation is the only way for patients to take back control of the *rights* voted into the Constitution by the majority vote.  CO lawmakers saw an opportunity to regulate and make money off MMj patients, and the MMCs who blindly follow along, whoring out their patients, are no different.Re: Affirmative defense... How many people are arrested without red cards and then lose their affirmative defense case?  How many MMj affirmative defense cases have there been in CO?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

There are NO additional rights conferred by Amendment 20 for those patients who optionally choose to register their Physician's referral with the CDPHE.

The Physician's referral by itself is all that is needed to be covered by what Amendment 20 grants.

Registration is entirely optional, and unnecessary.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

"We encourage people, anyone, who believe that they may have had an instance when their information was inappropriately handed out to contact us so we can make a corrective action," Hyman said.SURE ... as soon as I hear from the identity thieves who got my info, I'll be in touch.  Thanks !!!

Robert Chase
Robert Chase

Colorado officials like to keep the public guessing:  are they deliberately violating the Law, or merely incompetent?

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Yes, Robert.  But, no matter. As they say to us "ignorance is no excuse for breaking the law"

Ron--I think your a great guy but  " ....contact us so we can make a corrective action" there is no way to correct a privacy breach.  There is no taking back info. 

Corey Donahue
Corey Donahue

No shit you say only 24 people may have had their information breached?  Ask Michael Robberts what I sent him last week.  It was a copy of documents that showed the MMED and the CDPHE are going to combine databases.  That would probably be a lot more people who have their information compromised and a bigger story but I trust your journalistic instincts to get the truth out.

Patient
Patient

Damn! Damn! Damn!

Patient
Patient

Fuck it, I'm going to renew anyway. I have a right to medical marijuana and I'm getting my license like I always do and the incompetent CDPHE isn't going to scare me off from using the registry. The benefits outweigh the risks imo.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

And what are those benefits in registering, patient?

Donkey Hotay
Donkey Hotay

There are NO additional benefits under Amendment 20 for those who optionally choose to register their Physician's referral.

None whatsoever.

Stop spewing your dope-addled legal nonsense.

Tesla
Tesla

Hey Bridget, which dispensary do you own?

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

"You are misleading people kathleen chippi by implying that a recommendation is equivalent to a red card when it is not."

I have NEVER said the red card is equal to the rec.  Never--show a link.  I have said that the red card is not required by the constitution--it' optional--don't you know what you voted for?

And if your so concerned about misleading the public, harass your own I30 proponents.  I posted all their misleading "legalization" and "end prohibition" and "like alcohol"  testimony at the title board hearings all over these blogs.

"Getting a red card is like getting pre-verified."

Getting a red card is like getting PRE-BOOKED.

Morbo
Morbo

Hey chippi - read the law.  I think it's quite clear that having a red card means you are exempt from prosecution if you are within the limits specified in amendment 20 but if you only have a recommendation then you only have the right to an affirmative defense to plead your case in court.  There have already been cases where people have been prosecuted because they had a recommendation and not a red card.  You are misleading people kathleen chippi by implying that a recommendation is equivalent to a red card when it is not.  Getting a red card is like getting pre-verified. 

(g) "Registry identification card" means that document, issued by the state health agency, which identifies a patient authorized to engage in the medical use of marijuana and such patient's primary care-giver, if any has been designated.

(2) (a) Except as otherwise provided in subsections (5), (6), and (8) of this section, a patient or primary care-giver charged with a violation of the state's criminal laws related to the patient's medical use of marijuana will be deemed to have established an affirmative defense to such allegation where:(I) The patient was previously diagnosed by a physician as having a debilitating medical condition;

(b) Effective June 1, 2001, it shall be an exception from the state's criminal laws for any patient or primary care-giver in lawful possession of a registry identification card to engage or assist in the medical use of marijuana, except as otherwise provided in subsections (5) and (8) of this section.

http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/h...

Bridget
Bridget

 trolling again kathleen?

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Patient. Much appreciated.

Ricky
Ricky

Both my wife and I have our doctor recommendations.  We will NOT be sending them in for our red cards.  We keep them on us at all times.  How we treat our conditions is between us and our doctors. 

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

I had to convince people that the registry was safe in 2009/10 when I had my patients. Every single one of them did not renew their cards because of hb1284 and fears about this exact situation. My card will not be renewed.

What about the registry that tracks the MMC purchases? That is not connected to a20 because MMCs are not under a20. Wonder who has access to that?

Guest
Guest

there is no central state database/registry of patient purchases. MMCs keep track of transactions for a specified period of time (in case of MMED investigations, but that's it.

Greengoddessherbalshaman
Greengoddessherbalshaman

Kathleen I love you and I want to thank you!!! For being Kind. Your soul your heart your love is in it . Only medicine with healing intentions can heal. Our medicine is not covered in a money symbol that in all its bloody gore/greed can only make people sick. You proved that by getting out when you did. Any one left in the dispensary business after the mafia cartel and their protector pigs regulated the real growers who have done this for 20 plus years out of providing REAL KIND LOVING medicine have put money not only where there mouth WAS but more importantly where their heart and soul was. Lie up your treasures where moth and dust not corrupt. The bandit thieving terrorist corrupt criminal greedy lawmakers/drug cartels/politicians thugs believe they can legislate the colorado constitution out of existence. You and I stand for something. If someone was prosecuted for not having a pink permit who has a previous medical condition IT WAS ILLEGAL. The prosecutor Judge Jury are all CRIMINALS who spit on the constitution. Let us not allow their defecation. Burn those permits people!!! Also a reminder I Sherri Versfelt faced 4 felony charges of marijuana and did not possess a pink permit nor even a recommendation yet charges were dismissed because I fulfilled constitutional requirements with a previously dehabilitating condition. Bridget your the same person that puts your social security number and bank account number on applications/forms not even bothering to realize that it was voluntary because you are so boxed up. Thanks to people like Bridget our constitution is covered in slimy dirty criminal footprints.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

So your gonna try out a new anonymous name?  Fine. And you are confused.

First, I never publicly said anything about A20.

Second,  I fought nothing on A20.  Third, I ONLY VOTE FOR language that will STAND UP IN THE COURT OF LAW and do NO HARM.  A20 does NOT STAND UP---so says the appeals court in the Beinor ruling.  I voted against language that did NOT SURVIVE the court of law.

I am not a sore loser.  I realize that we are STUCK with the poor language the majority voted for because NO ONE is going to spend 1 million dollars to amend A20.  I realize that if we do not get the Supreme Court to rule on fundamental rights - v - decriminalization of possession--WE ARE ALL SCREWED.  I can ONLY work to get as many rights clarified with the language the majority passed.  I will continue to do so.  And you will continue trolling and making weak personal attacks. 

I'm hoping you can get some counseling for your psy 101 projection problem, though.  None of my posts are hateful, sadistic or twisted but maybe you should look in the mirror?

Bridget
Bridget

Going back to the same amendment to the constitution that you fought so hard against and voted against?  I'm confused Kathleen.  You attack amendment 20, say you voted no on it, act like the amendment is horrible and say it doesn't help people yet rejoice at the thought of returning to constitutional law.  Wow, wtf have you been smoking?  You are sadistic and twisted.  This is all a game to you.  Being a negative bitch is your life and if marijuana were legalized you would have no outlet for your hateful attitude.  Have a nice life.

Kathleen Chippi
Kathleen Chippi

Steve--going back to the constitution means there is no black market for patients and caregivers--it's green.

Steve Freeman
Steve Freeman

Don't forget feeding the Feds and the DEA; those folks with the handy assault weapons and attack dogs. Heck, maybe it's safer to deal with the black market.

Joe
Joe

 Another lying, corrupt dispensary owner spreading lies and misinformation. There IS a central registry of patient purchases, collected by the MMED at will, and it soon will be online with RFID tracking chips required on every leaf and seed in the state. Why do you keep lying to your patients, greedy dispensary owner? AND all your video surveillance is on direct feed to the MMED AND the FEDS upon demand. And not one of you greed dispensary owners is fighting back on any of these patient privacy concerns. Stop lying to your patients.

Colorado Mmj Patient
Colorado Mmj Patient

and the CDPHE registry is locked up tight and safe.....

How does the MMED know what patients have MMCs as their caregivers so the MMC and MMED know how many plants they can have? What about people trying to purchase more than 2oz per day? The MMED has a list of patients and technically, that is not the CDPHE registry. Who has access???

The live tracking may not be in place yet, but it will be soon. (if the MMED ever gets its act together or if MMCs survive the fed's onslaught.)

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