Medical Marijuana Cards And Your Privacy: Are MMJ Cards Confidential?

Medical marijuana (MMJ) programs are continuing to improve and expand across the country. The majority of US states now have some form of MMJ treatment available to their citizens, and each year new states are joining the medical marijuana revolution and implementing their own MMJ programs.

States such as Oklahoma, which were once skeptical about MMJ, are now reaping the rewards that come with having a liberal, well-run MMJ program. Medical marijuana has massive medicinal value and provides enormous improvements to the quality of life of MMJ patients. MMJ is also big business and MMJ-friendly states are enjoying big economic benefits.

While medical marijuana is legal in most states, it is not yet legal at the federal level. So it is understandable that MMJ patients have concerns and questions about confidentiality. Are medical marijuana cards confidential? Does having a medical card show up on a federal background check? Can my employer find out I have a medical card? Does having a medical card go on your record?

Let’s find out the answers to these questions and discuss all you need to know about medical marijuana cards and your privacy.

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MMJ Is An Essential Medical Treatment For Millions Of Americans

While marijuana is now legal for recreational use in an ever-increasing number of states, it is crucial to remember that medical marijuana is an essential medical treatment for millions of Americans.

Medical marijuana treatment is not an exotic luxury for MMJ patients. It is a necessary treatment that enables them to experience a massively improved quality of life.

Medical Marijuana Cards And Your Privacy

Because medical marijuana treatment is an essential medical intervention for millions of Americans, privacy is a crucial issue. A person’s medical situation and history is their own business, and there are laws in place that protect the privacy and confidentiality of people’s medical records.

The main law that protects peoples’ personal health information is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). HIPAA prevents protected medical information from showing up on a background check.

Are MMJ Cards Confidential?

Medical marijuana cards are an integral part of many people’s health and wellness arsenal. Most MMJ card holders rely on their MMJ to get through the day relatively pain-free and to live a normal life. For this reason, medical marijuana cards are confidential in the large majority of cases, apart from certain specific scenarios related to employment.

Normally, only you, your doctor, your dispensary, and any other people you choose to tell will know you are an MMJ patient. However, certain jobs will want to know if you use medical marijuana because they have a legally protected policy of not hiring MMJ patients.

Do Employers Have To Know About Medical Marijuana Cards?

States laws differ on the question of whether an employer has to know about an employee’s MMJ card. Most jobs will have no requirement for employees to provide information about MMJ treatment. In the majority of jobs, the only stipulation will be that the employee not dose at work to the extent that they cannot fulfill their job.

However, most states have a list of jobs that are considered “safety-sensitive” and these jobs can have a “no MMJ” policy. Safety-sensitive jobs include:

  • Nurses and medical practitioners
  • Childcare
  • Jobs that involve firearms
  • Jobs that involve operating heavy machinery or driving

Safety sensitive jobs are entitled to have a policy of not hiring medical marijuana patients.

Can My Employer Find Out If I Have A Medical Card?

Your medical information is confidential, so an employer cannot demand access to it. However, for safety-sensitive jobs, most employers will insist on a drug test. If you refuse to undergo a drug test or fail a drug test, then you will not be hired.

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Does Having A Medical Card Show Up On A Federal Background Check Or Any Other Records?

Medical marijuana cards will not show up on a federal background check because they are protected under HIPAA legislation.

Your medical marijuana card will appear on your personal medical records, which will be accessible to medical professionals who treat you. Your name will also appear on your state’s MMJ card registry. However, both your personal medical records and your state’s MMJ registry are confidential.

How Do You Apply For An MMJ Card?

If you would like a confidential medical marijuana card, the easiest way to apply is through MMJRecs. The team will set up an online consultation between you and an MMJ doctor in your state. Once the doctor has verified your suitability for treatment with MMJ, they will fill in the relevant sections of an MMJ card application form and email it to you. You can then submit the completed application form to your local MMJ authorities.

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Can I Own A Gun And A Medical Marijuana Card In Oklahoma?

Can I own a gun and a medical marijuana card in Oklahoma? This question is being asked a lot lately. Oklahoma is one of the most gun-friendly states and also has the fastest-growing medical marijuana program in the country.

Oklahoma is a passionate Second Amendment state. The Sooner State has a liberal open-carry policy, allowing its citizens to openly carry many types of firearms without a license. In 2019, the state passed a law that allows people to carry a concealed handgun without a license.

Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program is one of the nation’s most open, user-friendly, and rapidly expanding. The state has more dispensaries and MMJ patients per head of capita than any other part of the country. Since its legalization only a short time ago in August 2018, Oklahoma MMJ has become a very important part of the state’s economy. Almost 5% of the state’s population now holds a medical marijuana card.

With so many gun owners and MMJ patients in Oklahoma, “Can gun owners apply for MMJ cards?” has become an important question. Let’s find out the answer.

 

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What Are Oklahoma’s Laws On Medical Marijuana And Gun Ownership?

Like so many MMJ laws, laws relating to MMJ and gun ownership vary state by state. Federal law prohibits medical marijuana patients from using firearms. This is because federal law still classes marijuana as an illegal drug.

But the federal government does not get involved in a state’s handling of issues relating to MMJ and gun ownership. This means that each state sets its own rules when it comes to whether gun owners are allowed to use MMJ.

Can I Own A Gun And A Medical Marijuana Card In Oklahoma?

This area of Oklahoma’s MMJ legislation was quite a gray zone for some time. A lot of confusion was created by the seeming contradiction between Oklahoma’s MMJ laws and gun laws, and federal law.

Medical marijuana became legal in Oklahoma in 2018. But it was still illegal under OK law to carry a gun while in possession of drugs deemed illegal under federal law. This created a problematic inconsistency in the law.

However, things have been cleared up by the “Unity Law”, which was passed on March 14, 2019. Governor Kevin Stitt signed the bill, which states that a medical marijuana patient or caregiver will “not be denied the right to own, purchase or possess a firearm, ammunition, or firearm accessories based solely on his or her status as a medical marijuana patient or caregiver licensee.”

Is MMJ Use For Gun Owners Legal In Oklahoma?

The passing of the Unity Law means gun owners can apply for medical marijuana cards, and use, purchase, and grow MMJ. Oklahoma is once again leading the way in terms of the clarity and openness of its medical marijuana laws.

 

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What Are The Terms Of Use Regarding Gun Ownership And MMJ In Oklahoma?

While firearm sellers in Oklahoma do run background checks before they sell certain types of weapons, these checks only flag felony convictions. So while MMJ is illegal at a federal level, Oklahoma MMJ users will not have been convicted for its use because it is not illegal at a state level.

There are several restrictions on MMJ use and gun ownership in Oklahoma. It is not legal to drive, operate heavy machinery, or, in many occupations, work under the influence of medical marijuana. Certain calibers and types of firearm are not legal to conceal and carry, and certain people with prior convictions are not legally allowed to conceal carry.

What Qualifying Conditions Enable A Gun Owner To Get An MMJ Card In Oklahoma?

Oklahoma is almost unique in the fact that it has no formal list of medical marijuana qualifying conditions. A licensed physician in the state can prescribe medical marijuana for any medical condition that they deem will be helped by treatment with medical marijuana.

How Can Oklahoma Gun Owners Benefit From Medical Marijuana?

Oklahoma residents can befit from MMJ use in numerous ways. Medical marijuana is excellent at treating the symptoms of many painful and debilitating conditions, including:

  • Glaucoma
  • Chronic pain
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Depression, anxiety, PTSD
  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Back pain
  • Nausea
  • Crohn’s disease
  • Epilepsy
  • Eating disorders

How Can A Gun Owner Apply For Medical Marijuana Card In Oklahoma?

The best way to get an MMJ card in Oklahoma is to set up an online consultation with a local medical professional through MMJRecs. By using MMJRecs, you can apply quickly and easily from the comfort of your own home.

Once you have completed an online consultation, you will have your own medical marijuana card that you can use in any MMJ dispensary in the state.

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