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Can Law Enforcement Access A Medical Marijuana Patient’s Records?


law enforcement cops medical marijuana records access warrantThere are millions of medical marijuana patients around the country, and as medical marijuana programs expand in the states that allow it, there will be continue to be more and more everyday. Many of these patients don’t care if people know about their decision to use cannabis to help their condition(s). However, there are many others that feel that it is a matter that shouldn’t be made public knowledge. After all, it is medical information, which many consider to be a private matter.

I get e-mails all the time from people asking if law enforcement can access their information. These people don’t have anything to hide in regards to criminal activity, but due to certain stigma’s surrounding medical marijuana, they don’t want people to know. Employment discrimination and housing discrimination because of medical marijuana are real things, and medical marijuana patients understandably try to avoid it. When I was a medical marijuana patient, I definitely didn’t want my landlord to know or my boss to know, for fear of poor treatment. I wish it wasn’t so, but sometimes you can’t protect people from their ridiculous beliefs.

To answer the question posed in the title of this article, yes, law enforcement can and does access medical marijuana patients/growers/caretakers information. Just this last week federal agents forced the Oregon Health Authority to hand over almost two dozen people’s information. I was lucky enough to get a hold of the warrant, which was kind of scary to read. At the end of the day, the agencies that house state medical marijuana programs get a lot of funding from the federal government, so they will bend over at the drop of a hat.

I have heard of similar stories out of other medical marijuana states. In the case of Oregon, even Oregon State Police access the database of medical marijuana patients to verify information. Law enforcement knows that it sends a chilling effect to potential medical marijuana patients. I personally know many people that would like to become medical marijuana patients, but they don’t want to chance having their information and/or name out there. It’s a truly sad thing.

This is why we can never stop fighting for full legalization. Law enforcement will no doubt still try to harass people, but it won’t have the same effect. Members of the public that are not familiar with medical marijuana see law enforcement as going after people that are abusing the system, and whether it’s true or not, they are sympathetic. That same sympathy won’t be there for law enforcement if they try to subpoena customer records for frequenting legal retail outlets – which may or may not even keep records of customers. Support legalization in your state, and if you are in Oregon, support HB 3371 and tell your legislators to do so too!


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  1. That is why you are called a patient. However I cannot find the definition for (Dr. Recommendation) in a medical dictionary or in a law dictionary.

  2. blue republic on

    The lack of privacy of medical records was one of the reasons that Gun Owners of America decided to take an active role in opposing Obamacare and downrating congresscritters supporting it.

    This was not only out of concern for medical marijuana users’ rights, but because the government can use the contents of records to disqualify people from owning firearms on mental health grounds and there is no appeals process in place to restore your rights once the feds put you on the list – kind of
    like landing on the the no-fly or terrorist watch list, except that you can generally find out if the government says you’re a “prohibited (from owning firearms) person”.

    GOA head Larry Pratt discusses some of this in this C-SPAN interview:



  3. yes law enforcement can if they have a warrant, but can’t use that information to conduct arrests for breaking illegal laws that conflict logic and reasoning .

  4. I just want the same database to ID if the person is taking Narcotics or Benzo’s while driving. They are driving on percocet, percodan, valium, it’s nuts. Marijuana is the answer not the problem.

  5. Here follows an extract from “Notes on Democracy” by Henry Louis Mencken, written in 1926, during alcohol prohibition (1919-1933):

    The more obvious the failure becomes, the more shamelessly they exhibit their genuine motives. In plain words, what moves them is the psychological aberration called sadism. They lust to inflict inconvenience, discomfort, and whenever possible, disgrace upon the persons they hate, which is to say: upon everyone who is free from their barbarous theological superstitions, and is having a better time in the world than they are.

    They cannot stop the use of alcohol, nor even appreciably diminish it, but they can badger and annoy everyone who seeks to use it decently, and they can fill the jails with men taken for purely artificial offences, and they can get satisfaction thereby for the Puritan yearning to browbeat and injure, to torture and terrorize, to punish and humiliate all who show any sign of being happy. And all this they can do with a safe line of policemen and judges in front of them; always they can do it without personal risk.

  6. Heads up. They access ALL your records. The DEA has become omnipresent in doctor’s offices all over ths country, not only in medical States. If you are being prescribed sleeping aids, anxiety meds, if you are an adult who takes medications for ADHD, or especially pain, they want to know. They are supposed to have a search warrant, but if you’re a doctor, all they need to do is contact the medical board in your State and your practice and your carreer are toast. A doctor in Texas who elected not to cooperate found himself in front of four Grand Juries in five years. They will walk in, go straight to the office and start pawing through patient files without even identifying themselves.
    If it was in a script, if it could possibly be subject to abuse or diversion, they know who you are, what you take, and why. You may think your medical records are private. No. They’re not, not from the government, OR the insurance companies,

  7. Better to concentrate on ending prohibition so they can`t regulate whether we can grow our own. Who wants a $50 tax on every ounce? No one who has every bought cannabis.

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