Arizona Medical-Marijuana Card Database Used Frequently by Cops and Employers

A database of everyone who has an Arizona medical-marijuana card is being well-used by employers and law enforcement officials, a report of database users shows.

The 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act requires the state Department of Health Services to set up and maintain the computer list (see below) of registered patients and caregivers. Its primary use is to ensure that patients don’t get arrested if caught with pot by police.

As of last week, 2,646 access accounts have been created for people to check on the validity of medical-marijuana cards. Police departments, sheriff’s offices, and even federal outfits like the Border Patrol and ATF are among the public safety shops that have set up accounts. The DEA only has one account that it hasn’t yet used.

No “fishing” is allowed. The database, which now contains info on about 40,000 patients and caregivers, can’t be searched by inputting names or addresses. Only a registration card number can be submitted for verification.

In other words, cops can’t sign up for access to the database, then randomly check to see if Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery or anyone else is a patient. But if Montgomery gets stopped with a couple ounces of Blackberry Kush and provides a card number, police can then verify whether or not he’s okay under state law to possess marijuana.

It’s up to each police agency whether to obtain access privileges for individual officers, or obtain just a few access accounts that can then be used by supervisors or dispatchers, who would get the card numbers relayed to them by officers on the street. Most agencies just have a few accounts, but some have a lot more. Of the 2,646 total accounts, 851 are from a single police agency — Phoenix police.

– Read the entire article at Phoenix New Times.



  1. Anonymous on

    I disagree with you. You’re confusing the situation. Medical files are confidential, always, and an employer or potential employer has no fucking business accessing your personal medical information, AT ALL, EVER.

    This is a very clear abuse of the medical system, and one that invites persecution. It’s that simple.

    Whether or not employers are “allowed” to do drug testing is totally irrelevant. Snooping through your personal medical history or facebook /social media accounts doesn’t for a drug test pass.

    Also, to say they’re “allowed”, doesn’t make it appropriate. This is the age where they’re demanding potential new hires for their social media passwords such that they may invade their privacy completely and these drug tests equivalently over the line.

    Further, they seem to be singling out marijuana. There is never any information as to if or how they discern from hard drugs to soft drugs to medication to which type of medication, whether a herbal drug like marijuana, or the poppy seeds on your bagel, versus oxycontin.

    So you can prevaricate all ya like but it’s a load of shit either way. Furthermore, they’re not accessing your medical history behind your back to see which position in their firm you’d best be suited for. Much of your argument has no basis in reality such as it actually exists.

  2. Anonymous on

    However, some employers are allowed to require a drug test for one reason or another. Some examples would be in the transportation field, the medical field or maybe the construction field. If an employee of one of these industries is required to submit to a urinalysis, that employee may be able to prove that he/she has a right to use cannabis.

    Many large employers in the industries I mentioned are unionized. So, if a cannabis prescribed employee is in a position that would require them to be free from cannabis use – this union may be able to require that the employee be reassigned to a position elsewhere that would allow cannabis use.

    Say for instance you work as a forklift driver in a warehouse. Then you obtain a prescription for cannabis. Your union may be able to negotiate a position for you somewhere else that does not open the employer to any lawsuits that might come from allowing a known cannabis user to operate a forklift.

    So instead of laying you off or firing you, you might be reassigned to a job filing papers. All because you were able to prove that you had a doctor’s recommendation for cannabis.

  3. Anonymous on

    What business do employers have using it, besides none.