Greenleaf Compassion Center is having an open house all this week, Monday the 27th through Friday 31st of May from 2pm-6pm. They are hoping to receive their final license from the Health Department this week and open on June 1. Patients interested in registering Greenleaf as one of their caregivers can complete the form when they visit the Center or follow the instructions at: http://www.health.ri.gov/forms/request/AddCompassionCenterForm.pdf
Greenleaf is located in Portsmouth at 1637 West Main Road. Call at 401.293.5987. Visit their web site at www.greenleafcare.org Greenleaf will not dispense any medicine until they receive their license. A patient must register Greenleaf as one of their caregivers, and the Health Dept. must process the form, before a patient can purchase medical cannabis from them.
The RI Health Department started requiring patient and caregiver social security numbers on MMj applications several months ago. RIPAC believed this requirement to be a violation of the Privacy Act of 1974 and we communicated our concerns to the Department. The Department responded stating that, “The purpose of asking for a social security number on the form was as a specific identifier. Persons who lose their medical marijuana cards must demonstrate that they are entitled to a replacement card by demonstrating that they are in the data base. Proof of the social security number is an expedient way to demonstrate identify. The social security number will not be shared with any other state or federal agency and will be used solely for the medical marijuana program” . RIPAC did not believe that the Dept.’s reasoning justified violating the Privacy Act. The Department agreed to drop the requirement. Providing a social security number is now anOPTION and is not mandatory. The ACLU is urging the Department to discontinue asking for social security numbers whether they are optional or not. If they continue to ask for them, the Dept. should be stating the authorizing federal law and informing patients and caregivers of how their social security numbers will be used. RIPAC agrees.