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Does obtaining a medical marijuana license effect anything, in terms of obtaining a position with the public? Filling out a HIPAA form ensures the confidentiality of your medical records, but you must also register with the state of CA, or any other states, to obtain your medical license card. A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) must register with the state in which they are practicing in and must go through an extensive screening to serve the public. Would the medical marijuana license have an effect with this?

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According to the Attorney General Guidelines on the Medical Marijuana Program Act in California registration is voluntary. The guideline states:

On January 1, 2004, Senate Bill 420, the Medical Marijuana Program Act (MMP), became
law. (§§ 11362.7-11362.83.) The MMP, among other things, requires the California
Department of Public Health (DPH) to establish and maintain a program for the voluntary
registration of qualified medical marijuana patients and their primary caregivers through a
statewide identification card system. Medical marijuana identification cards are intended
to help law enforcement officers identify and verify that cardholders are able to cultivate,
possess, and transport certain amounts of marijuana without being subject to arrest under
specific conditions. (§§ 11362.71(e), 11362.78.)

Participation by patients and primary caregivers in the identification card program is
voluntary. However, because identification cards offer the holder protection from arrest,
are issued only after verification of the cardholder's status as a qualified patient or primary
caregiver, and are immediately verifiable online or via telephone, they represent one of the
best ways to ensure the security and non-diversion of marijuana grown for medical use.

This is the link where I found the AG's guidelines: http://www.safeaccessnow.net/countyguidelines.htm

In the same link it also states the following: Confidentiality
Your medical information is confidential and protected under HIPPA. The medical marijuana ID cards do not show your name, address, or other sensitive information, though they do have a photo. Police and government agents can verify the legitimacy of the card. Note: HIPPA stands for the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. See this link: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/records/#Protected_Health_Information

This article deals directly with the issue of confidentiality of the records of medical marijuana patients. Keep in mind that a physician is bounded by patient-physician confidentiality code. So, in regards, to your question ...

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