Colo. pot patients briefed on privacy rules

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Medical marijuana patients in Colorado are facing new rules concerning patient privacy, and some are getting a briefing from the state health department to understand how their patient records could be used.

Marijuana advocates requested Wednesday’s briefing by the state Board of Health.

Marijuana advocates complain that looming regulations allowing law enforcement to access records at marijuana dispensaries violate the marijuana amendment to Colorado’s constitution. The amendment set up a “confidential registry” of patients maintained by “the state health agency,” not the Department of Revenue, which is regulating dispensaries.

Some marijuana patients say they are planning a lawsuit to challenge how patient records are kept if the plan isn’t changed so that the health department can’t share patient records with law enforcement or tax regulators.