New Law Expands Privacy Protections for Marijuana Users

Among the bevy of marijuana-related bills recently signed by Gov. Brown was Assembly Bill 2402, authored by Assemblyman Evan Low (D-Campbell). It’s a significant piece of legislation because it extends privacy protections that previously only applied to users of medicinal marijuana to all users.

As the Sacramento Bee explains, the bill contains two exceptions.

Information can be shared in conjunction with processing payments and to government officials, such as police, performing official duties.

The law’s primary objective is to prevent the sharing of user information for commercial purposes.

The bill also clarifies existing law “that all personal information of medical cannabis users is kept confidential by deeming identification cards issued to medical cannabis users to be ‘medical information’ under state law and therefore protected from unauthorized disclosure,” according to a statement from Low’s office.