Medical marijuana patients protest over privacy breaches; call for state to shut down database

Board of Health rejects emergency petition

DENVER - Some marijuana patients on Colorado's registry wore paper bags over their heads while protesting a Board of Health meeting Wednesday morning. They wanted the board to destroy the registry, but their emergency petition was rejected.

The patients are angry about security problems outlined in a June audit. However, the health board unanimously rejected the emergency request, saying they want to hear from the state attorney general before proceeding.

Colorado's medical patient list is supposed to be accessible to law enforcement only under limited circumstances. But state auditors in June blasted the health department for lax security of the registry. The official who manages the registry told board members the security problems are being addressed.

The state Board of Health apologized Wednesday to marijuana patients who demanded they destroy the 107,000-person marijuana patient registry. The patients are angry about security problems outlined in a June audit. However, the health board unanimously rejected the emergency request, saying they want to hear from the state attorney general before proceeding.

The health department has agreed to improve security, but the protesters want to see quicker action.

"What you have done, what the CDPHE has done, is created a far overreaching solution that violates the spirit of the constitution, that violates statutes," said Laura Kriho during her testimony Wednesday.

The board also allowed public input Wednesday.