A White House anti-drug initiative is requesting information about patient demographics from states where medical marijuana is legal, raising not only patient privacy concerns but also questions about how the state government should cooperate with the federal government, Lexology reports. Federal officials maintain the data will be used in connection with ongoing research into how the usage rates among different age groups correlate to how strictly states regulate medical marijuana. A recent probe in California revealed that only physicians and dispensaries held the requested patient data, not the state health department. It is unclear if dispensaries are considered covered entities under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, making it unclear how information will be covered.
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