U.S. court won't allow subpoena of Ore. medical marijuana records

September 03, 2007

, Associated Press

A U.S. District Court has decided the medical records of 17 Oregon medical marijuana patients do not have to be released.

In May, a federal grand jury in Yakima, Wash., issued subpoenas seeking the information as part of an investigation of some growers in Oregon and Washington.

The patients are not targets of the grand jury. But the issue had many patients concerned over the protection of their personal information.

The state and a medical marijuana clinic moved to quash the subpoenas.

A federal court judge in Washington agreed, saying the state would violate its own privacy laws if it complied.

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