CA: Privacy at issue in marijuana regulation

Phillip Zonkel reports:

A controversial item that critics have said would violate medical marijuana patients’ privacy rights is part of a proposal under review by the City Council, which would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries.

The proposal was discussed Monday by the City Council’s Economic Development and Finance Committee, but the item was not addressed. The proposal will be taken up at another economic development and finance committee meeting, but a date has not been scheduled.

At the Aug. 4 City Council meeting, Councilwomen Suja Lowenthal introduced and the council passed a motion for regulating medical marijuana collectives, also know as dispensaries, that recommended the collectives give the city “a list of the primary caregivers and qualified patients that belong to the collective.”

The recommendation raised eyebrows from some medical marijuana advocates, who said it would trample patients’ confidentiality.

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