Monday, 25 September, 2017

Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials

Lawmakers Advance More Bills as They Race Toward Adjournment Lawmakers advance bills as they race toward adjournment
Sammy Stanley | 13 April, 2017, 01:17

OR state lawmakers have given final approval to a bill that would shield the names, birthdates and other identifying information of marijuana users from being accessed by federal drug agents amid worries of heightened enforcement.

It requires marijuana retailer to "destroy type of information that is contained on passport, driver license, military identification card or other identification card that bears picture of person that is in retailer's possession on effective date of Act not later than 30 days after effective date of Act".

Colorado's Republican-controlled Senate passed the bill Wednesday and sent it to the Democrat-led House. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

The measure passed both the Oregon House and the Oregon Senate with wide margins.

Upon the bill's signing into law, OR pot retailers would have 30 days to destroy their customers' data from their databases and would be banned from such record-keeping in the future. While over two dozen states have legalized some form of marijuana use, the drug remains illegal at a federal level, and President Donald Trump's administration has threatened to ramp up enforcement of laws prohibiting its use.

A bill that won final approval in the state Senate Monday makes it a crime to grow recreational pot for someone else. A few weeks later, U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said medical cannabis has been "hyped, maybe too much" and is "only slightly less awful" than heroin.

Governors from the recreational marijuana states of Alaska, Colorado, Oregon and Washington have asked the Trump administration to let the experiment in legal pot continue, saying it's expanded their economies.

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