New legislation filed in New Hampshire would protect medical cannabis patients from having their information handed over to the federal government.
House Bill 1672, filed by Representative Caleb Dyer (L) with a tripartisan group of lawmakers, “requires a search warrant issued by a judge based upon probable cause for any federal request for information relative to users of therapeutic cannabis created by the registry.”
Specifically, the measure would amend RSA 126-X:4, XI(b)(4) to read as follows:
“(4) Requests by law enforcement officials under this section to the department pursuant to a sworn affidavit, search warrant, or court order, regardless of whether or not the name or address was found in the registry, shall be confidential under this chapter and exempt from disclosure under RSA 91-A. Aggregate data relative to such requests may be made public if it does not contain any identifying information regarding the specific law enforcement request. Requests by federal authorities for any information relative to users of therapeutic cannabis contained in the registry shall require a search warrant issued by a judge based on probable cause.”
If passed into law, House Bill 1672 would take effect January 1, 2019. The measure has been assigned to the House Judiciary Committee.
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