Oregon set to shield marijuana user data from US officials

Senate Bill 863 would prohibit marijuana retailers from recording or retaining any information that may be used to identify a customer, but the measure does allow retailers to gather contact information for marketing purposes if the customer consents.

The state's Senate passed a bill [PDF] that would allow licensing authorities to approve "single-instance transfers of retail marijuana or retail marijuana products from a retail marijuana licensee to a medical marijuana licensee based on a business need due to a change in local, state, or federal law or enforcement policy".

Skeptics say nothing guarantees that reclassifying pot as medicine would stop federal action.

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"Given the immediate privacy issues. this is a good bill protecting the privacy of Oregonians choosing to purchase marijuana", state Rep. Carl Wilson, a Republican who helped sponsor the bill, said before the final vote.

If necessary, however, the move would cost the state millions of dollars in lost revenue because recreational marijuana is taxed at a higher rate than medical.

Brown and the governors of Alaska, Colorado and Washington - states where cannabis has been legalized - sent a letter in early April to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin requesting to work with the administration if they planned to enforce federal marijuana laws.

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  • Lila Blake