Marijuana patients to protest introduction of new tracking system

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At 10:30 a.m., state officials will unveil the Marijuana Inventory Tracking Solution, or MITS, a system intended to keep tabs pot for sale in Colorado. But while the press is invited to the event, a number of medical marijuana patients coordinated by the Cannabis Therapy Institute have invited themselves -- to protest what they believe will be regular breaches of confidentiality.

Get details about the event and the history of allegations regarding alleged info sharing.

First, some background about confidentiality complaints.

As we noted in an August post, we first wrote about efforts to establish computer access to the state's marijuana registry database for police in May 2012. Our William Breathes noted at the time that House Bill 1284, the medical marijuana regulatory measure passed in 2010, charged the state with developing a tracking system that funnels information from the Colorado Bureau of Investigations, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division into a database accessible by local law enforcement needing to verify legal status.

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A graphic for the MITS system.
A damning auditor's report released earlier this year reveals that the final version of the system, described as an "automated interface between the Registry and the Colorado Crime Information Center (CCIC), a statewide computer system that delivers criminal justice information to law enforcement agencies," went live in April. But the document suggests that the data available through this interface may go beyond simply registry confirmation by providing law enforcers access to details like the number of plants and amount of cannabis a given patient is allowed to possess. This particularly concerned CTI's Laura Kriho, since the CCIC computer is part of a national law enforcement database -- and as we know, marijuana remains illegal in all quantities and for every use at the federal level.

The auditor's report documented at least five confidentiality breaches related to this system. Here they are:

• Patient information sent to the wrong recipients (5 incidents)

• Patient red cards sent to the wrong recipients (5 incidents)

• Incorrect caregiver listed on a patient's red card (3 incidents)

• Patient information exposed to Public Health staff who do not perform work related to medical marijuana (1 incident)

• Names of all caregivers who were active as of December 2012 sent in a spreadsheet to the State Auditor (1 incident)

Given this history, Kriho is even more wary about MITS, which ran afoul of critics back in October thanks to a video intended to reassure members of the cannabis industry about the system, but wound up alarming them instead.

Here's the aforementioned MITS video:

According to Kriho, "the video said they had patient identification information and patient plant counts in their database -- and we were curious how they got this information, since the state constitution says in order for law enforcement to access the database, they have to have stopped or arrested a patient, and the patient has to hand them their identification card. And now they will be able to do it online, with the MITS system -- and you know every patient who goes to a dispensary hasn't been stopped or arrested."

With this in mind, Kathleen Chippi of the Patient and Caregiver Rights Litigation Project, who shares concerns about MITS with Kriho, reached out to Ron Hyman, state registrar and Office of Vital Statistics and Medical Marijuana Registry director, and Marijuana Enforcement Division spokeswoman Julie Postlethwait. And according to Kriho, Chippi received contradictory information. Below, we've reproduced a CTI release featuring links to e-mails with Hyman and Postlethwait, among many other things -- but here's an excerpt from a December 2 note from Chippi to Hyman:

You told me clearly in an e-mail dated Nov. 15 that "The Department has not shared patient information with DOR."

You asked me to contact Julie Postlethwait of the DOR, which I did. I asked her by e-mail, "If there is no data-sharing with the CDPHE, how do you verify an MMC's plant counts and cannabis amount counts?"

Julie Postlethwait confirms my suspicions that the CDPHE is sharing confidential, protected patient information with the DOR, despite your denial of this fact.

On Nov. 29, 2013, Postlethwait responded to my inquiry by saying: "The MED is able to verify registry card numbers and plant counts with CDPHE; we request the info on a specific card number and they confirm it is current and the recommended plant count."
This issue is among those at the heart of today's protest.

"They're all guilty of violating patient confidentiality, and we're asking them to stop," Kriho says. She adds that, in her view, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment "is not doing a good job of keeping the registry confidential. They breached the registry with the police database, and now they've breached the registry for the convenience of the Department of Revenue -- and what's the point of being on the registry if your information isn't going to be confidential?"

The protest's theme? "Get your MITS off my meds!"

Continue to read releases from the Marijuana Enforcement Division/Department of Revenue about today's news conference and the Cannabis Therapy Institute in regard to the protest.


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valstar
valstar

They sent my red card to a former address I no longer lived at. I changed my address when I moved and also used my new address when I renewed my card when it expired. 


I wonder if I am one of 5 or they are not telling the truth out of fear of being sued. I think a safe bet there is many many more cases like mine. 


This happened in 2011 when they are so backed up and It took people 6 or 7 months to renewed

Lisa Manguso
Lisa Manguso

Read The Onion much? There is no news or any other search result for 17-year-old "Jennifer Kalpers from LIttleton" before the Decmeber 10 Onion article.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

   Colorado Denying More Medical-Marijuana Business Applications


http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_24705668/colorado-denying-more-medical-marijuana-business-applications


Colorado's medical-marijuana regulators have rejected business applications at an increasing rate as they near the end of a 3-year-old backlog, according to figures provided by the state.


Since the state began accepting medical-marijuana business applications in 2010, it has approved 1,402 and denied 226 — a rate of about one in seven. Between January and September, the state denied only one application, according to a state report. But since September regulators have acted on 217 applications and denied 51 — a nearly one in four clip — according to figures from the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division.


A spokeswoman for the division says that is not a sign regulators have procrastinated in dealing with the most troublesome applicants.


[ LOL! ]


Most of the applications in the backlog were from businesses that applied for licenses in 2010 and were allowed to stay open while their applications were pending.


[ 3 years of UNREGULATED Drug Dealing for UNQUALIFIED operators -- How special !! ]


Postlethwait said applications can be denied for a number of reasons — including problems with its location, its operation or its owners. Except in the most extreme circumstances, state regulators will usually give businesses a chance to fix the problem before issuing a notice of denial, she said. While the notice requires the business to shut its doors immediately, the business can still go through a hearing and appeals process that may ultimately end up in court.


Postlethwait said it is also common for businesses to restructure their ownership to address the state's concerns — something that causes the state to have to start the application vetting process anew.


[ Typical Marijuana McShyster ploy to game the incompetent MMED and allow UNQUALIFIED owners to operate UNREGULATED for YEARS ]


The licensing backlog, which regulators have dramatically reduced this year, has received new attention after major federal raids on medical-marijuana businesses in Colorado, many of which were operating with pending applications. .


That fear of black-market diversion is exactly what state officials hope MITS will allay, though they say it is not the only tool they will use in regulating marijuana businesses. They will also be checking video surveillance systems, scouring sales receipts and conducting surprise inspections.


Lewis Koski, the division's chief of investigations, said the division is budgeted for 25 criminal investigators and six to eight compliance investigators.


[ Plenty of Expensive New SUV's for each of them to cruise around in ]


"MITS is a material tool," he said. "But we also understand that it does not substitute for really good police work."







Mar Marcia
Mar Marcia

Paranoia goes hand and hand with smoking bud... :) Just saying lol

Jerry Hudson
Jerry Hudson

Ryan, it also leads to being put in Group W with the other mother beaters and father rapers.

David Capell
David Capell

The auditor's report documented at least five confidentiality breaches related to this system. Here they are: • Patient information sent to the wrong recipients (5 incidents) • Patient red cards sent to the wrong recipients (5 incidents) • Incorrect caregiver listed on a patient's red card (3 incidents) • Patient information exposed to Public Health staff who do not perform work related to medical marijuana (1 incident) • Names of all caregivers who were active as of December 2012 sent in a spreadsheet to the State Auditor (1 incident)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

"This particularly concerned CTI's Laura Kriho, since the CCIC computer is part of a national law enforcement database -- and as we know, marijuana remains illegal in all quantities and for every use at the federal level."

This is nothing new, of course. When I dropped my red card, the implication was already that they were going to share information with the feds. Of course, I sat in on a lot of boring meetings to find out. Maybe William wasn't there.

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Just one more reason to grow your own, and share generously. ;-)

Mozart99
Mozart99

Doesn't the NSA have all this information  already. Why is the state putting up continued resistance to what the voters want. Should we keep track of how many bottles of wine we have. Of course one reason for this is that it creates more state jobs!

CriminalsAmongUs
CriminalsAmongUs

i will not be renewing my red card after the first of the year because im not stupid. they will use this registry info against you if they can. they are dishonest criminal predators.

Kandi Kandi
Kandi Kandi

Yes its nonsense. I have my mmj license and I expect HIPAA go protect my medical privacy. And...Nathaniel C Marshall if you drink or smoke ciggs your death will come much sooner than a person who smokes pot. Pot is not evil. It helps cancers patients, ppl with chronic pain, ppl who couldnt function before. Smoking pot does not make you scum. You my dear need to get educated on the matter before making ignorant comments. Ppl who smoke pot arent violent like those who drink, actually the opposite. Not that all ppl who drink get violent, but the likely hood increases dramatically. There is a new study out about ppl who use pot recreationally and medically, the study proves pot is not evil, actually the opposite. The majority of ppl who use it are educated and successful actually. It helps decrease the affects of strokes and many many other health issues. Get over it. No one has ever died from over dosing on pot because its impossible but kids and adults overdose on prescription meds and alcohol everyday. Sooo do some research.

mich.cannabisunivers
mich.cannabisunivers

Savvy OUT-OF-STATE lobbyists convinced legislators that they were actually protecting Colorado businesses by helping to keep the "Feds" out, to the tune of $1.2 mill, in my opinion. When I pay my business' sales tax, it is true statement, or if suspect, there would be an audit. This obligation impedes legal business with extra work and costs and sustains a completely unnecessary, expensive, incriminating and intrusive database. 

Michelle LaMay

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

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"We're all on board. We want the tracking," -- Ryan Cook, MMIG Cartel Pig


Translation: we don't care about patient privacy, so long as we continue to profit $$


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"It's incredibly expensive to comply with this," -- Mike Elliott, self-appointed MMIG kingpin


Translation: we'll just pass the cost on to the sick and suffering patients


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"I will do whatever they tell me to do."  -- Toni Fox, supplicant for the MMED


Translation: Regulation Works!


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Thanks lyin' Brian Vicente and the rest of the A64 Commercialization of Cannabis pimps!


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Jeff Fa Fa Martinez
Jeff Fa Fa Martinez

Ok now u ready for all the liquor or text related deaths while driving??

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

Same dude is posting the same exact comment in all of the westword weed threads

Jennifer Barrow Noailles
Jennifer Barrow Noailles

To blame pot for a young girls indiscretions is ridiculous. To not equate pot and alcohol on equal terms is ignorant. I'm not a regular pot user, but I sure would like the option since I am a Lupus patient. I've lost a lot of friends to drinking and driving. Why pot should be singled out here is just silly. Also, how this thread has been hijacked by one, stupid comment is ridiculous and also partly my fault since I am responding to it.

Ski Steve
Ski Steve

*faux conspiracists post* Sounds like something just got added to the anonymous potential hack list to post names of people they don't like. Not that the nsa doesn't know already. Lol.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

                        "Get your MITS off my meds!"


Excellent!


Brett Howell
Brett Howell

I smoked pot once in high school, had to stop sucking dick for crack momentarily just to post this. ::back to it::

Ryan Knaub
Ryan Knaub

I still think that marijuana leads to jazz music and rapin' white women.

George Darcy
George Darcy

I taught our youngest daughter to drive. .My gray hairs ..her lack of experience ..I look over on time and she has one foot out the drivers window like it was nothing ..she got her license and was all put out ..the law restricted how many friends could ride ..no car full ..but 1 passenger...just because of the distraction of so many. .

Pete Copeland
Pete Copeland

A sober 17 year old girl drove through my neighbors house while texting years ago

Glenn Keil
Glenn Keil

To add to your argument George. She was a girl and women don't know how to drive. Maybe she was Asian because we all know that Asians can't drive. See how stupid your excuses are? SHE WAS HIGH! Which means IMPARED. There are NO excuses that can justify or make that girls story any less tragic.

Chris Kumbarji
Chris Kumbarji

If you are anti-weed you are living in the wrong state Patrick

George Darcy
George Darcy

A 17 year old kid with all that driving experience under her belt ...yea blame it all on pot ..sounds legit ...couldn't be anything but ...loss control ,,, driving too fast , radio needed changed ..drops cd in floor ..distracted attention ,,, no possibility it was lack of experience. ..yea legit

Jennifer Barrow Noailles
Jennifer Barrow Noailles

Same thing happens to kids and adults with alcohol. Should be no different with cannabis. Self control and not driving under the influence is common sense and applies in both situations. Adults who drive under the influence are irresponsible and kids that drive under the influence, whether it be pot or alcohol, are either irresponsible or have not been properly parented.

George
George

Hooray! We will have at least 31 to 39 new POLICE OFFICERS dedicated SOLELY to enFORCing the new marijuana laws. Bend over Colorado, this is the "legalization" you voted for!  More laws, more cops and more punishment! Don't it feel great???!?


And wait until they start collecting all those taxes next year. You can look forward to even MORE POT COPS!  Good work, stoned voters of Colorado. Creating a police state out of an herb. "Legalization" is looking like it will cost taxpayers more than prohibition did. Never had 30+ dedicated pot cops in Colorado before.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident ... and that know-nothing meddling dilettante Robert Chase repeatedly claimed the information couldn't be shared.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@Mozart99 They have it, and news from a few months ago indicates they've been sharing it with the DEA for more than two decades (at which time they obviously had access to much less information.)

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Mozart99 "Why is the state putting up continued resistance to what the voters want."


The Voters -- via that festering turd A64 -- declared they wanted STRICT REGULATION and surrendered TOTAL CONTROL over to the Prohibitionist Politicians and the insatiable Dept. of Revenue MMED to design, implement and deploy THE FIST of REGULATION.


Now Bück Dich!, sucker, you voted for it!


Clueless Stoners are getting EXACTLY what they voted for.



Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

@CriminalsAmongUs Yup. Quit renewing the red card I had when the first round of unnecessary legislation was suggested. (When I originally got it, I hadn't even considered growing my own, and stopped renewing it after I'd been growing.)

Cognitive_Dissident
Cognitive_Dissident topcommenter

Oh yes, and the pigs' names and home addresses should be published in the newspaper so we know who they are and where they live.

..Matt...
..Matt...

Get REGULATED Michelle!

You begged for it!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Pete Copeland  ... yet you continue to flail around on Failbook.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@George ... where is that ignorant lying shit-sucking cunt Robert Chase who repeatedly claimed that A64 would not create any new laws or enforcement against marijuana ??



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident


http://www.wfaa.com/news/crime/Hackers-publish-names-address-of-hundreds-of-Texas-police-officers-138620174.html



A Florida man arrested and briefly jailed for posting a local police officer’s home address on a cop-rating site said Wednesday his ordeal was “completely crazy.”


“Just because I posted it, I got arrested. It wasn’t like it was the Pentagon Papers,” Robert Brayshaw, a 35-year-old Tallahassee man, said in a telephone interview.


Brayshaw’s comments came hours after the deadline passed for Florida to appeal a federal judge’s decision declaring the First Amendment trumped Florida’s law meant to protect the privacy of police officers. 


Brayshaw, who is now unemployed, said it has been difficult to get a job because of his 2008 arrest. He spent nearly three hours in jail and was prosecuted under a 1972 statute making it unlawful to publish personally identifying information of a police officer.


Florida and Tallahassee authorities agreed to pay $60,000 in damages and legal fees to Brayshaw and his lawyers from the American Civil Liberties Union.


Brayshaw said the officer “basically had her information listed publicly in the phone book.” He had a beef with the officer regarding a trespassing flap in which he was not charged.


He posted to RateMyCop.com, a 2-year-old website that lets users rate and comment on the uniformed police officers in their community.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@Cognitive_Dissident... typical underachiever.


DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@mich.cannabisunivers ... then Stop Shilling for the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Cartels.


Let them suffocate and die under the crushing weight of the very REGULATIONS they venally begged for.


Stop the Corporate Commercialization of Cannabis!


Support your local private Tax-Free Caregiver-Grower!


Boycott the Greedy Big $$ Dispensary Pigs and their parasitic law enforcement pals at the insatiable Dept. of Revenue.


FREE the WEED! ... and keep those Fucking MITS off our Meds !!



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