Florida Senate - 2017 SENATOR AMENDMENT Bill No. SB 6-A Ì398496cÎ398496 LEGISLATIVE ACTION Senate . House . . . Floor: WD/2R . 06/08/2017 06:07 PM . ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————————— Senator Brandes moved the following: 1 Senate Amendment (with title amendment) 2 3 Delete everything after the enacting clause 4 and insert: 5 Section 1. Section 381.987, Florida Statutes, is repealed. 6 Section 2. Section 381.9982, Florida Statutes, is created 7 to read: 8 381.9982 Public records exemption for personal identifying 9 information relating to medical marijuana held by the 10 department.— 11 (1) The following information is confidential and exempt 12 from s. 119.07(1) and s. 24(a), Art. I of the State 13 Constitution: 14 (a) A qualifying patient’s or caregiver’s personal 15 identifying information held by the department in the medical 16 marijuana patient registry established under s. 381.994, 17 including, but not limited to, the patient’s or caregiver’s 18 name, photograph, identification number or other information 19 contained on the qualifying patient’s or caregiver’s medical 20 marijuana patient registry identification card, and all 21 information relating to a physician certification or the 22 administration of marijuana. 23 (b) All personal identifying information collected for the 24 purpose of issuing a patient’s or caregiver’s medical marijuana 25 patient registry identification card issued pursuant to s. 26 381.993. 27 (c) All personal identifying information pertaining to the 28 physician certification and the dispensing of marijuana held by 29 the department, including, but not limited to, information 30 related to the patient’s diagnosis, exception requests to the 31 daily dose amount limit, and the qualified patient’s experience 32 related to the medical use of marijuana. 33 (d) A certifying physician’s Drug Enforcement 34 Administration number. 35 (2) The department shall allow access to the confidential 36 and exempt information in the medical marijuana patient registry 37 to: 38 (a) A law enforcement agency that is investigating a 39 violation of law regarding marijuana as authorized in s. 40 381.994(2)(c). 41 (b) A medical marijuana treatment center approved by the 42 department pursuant to s. 381.985 which is attempting to verify 43 the authenticity of a physician certification for marijuana, 44 including whether the certification had been previously filled 45 and whether the certification was issued for the person 46 attempting to have it filled, except for information related to 47 the patient’s diagnosis. 48 (c) A physician who has issued a certification for 49 marijuana for the purpose of monitoring the patient’s use of 50 such marijuana or for the purpose of determining, before issuing 51 a certification for marijuana, whether another physician has 52 issued a certification for the patient’s use of marijuana. The 53 physician may access the confidential and exempt information 54 only for the patient for whom he or she has issued a 55 certification or is determining whether to issue a certification 56 for the use of marijuana pursuant to s. 381.993. 57 (d) A practitioner licensed to prescribe prescription 58 medications to ensure proper care of a patient before 59 prescribing medication to that patient which may interact with 60 marijuana. 61 (e) An employee of the department for the purposes of 62 maintaining the registry and periodic reporting or disclosure of 63 information that has been redacted to exclude personal 64 identifying information. 65 (f) An employee of the department for the purposes of 66 reviewing physician registration and the issuance of physician 67 certifications to monitor practices that could facilitate 68 unlawful diversion or the misuse of marijuana or a marijuana 69 delivery device. 70 (g) The department’s relevant health care regulatory boards 71 responsible for the licensure, regulation, or discipline of a 72 physician if he or she is involved in a specific investigation 73 of a violation of ss. 381.99-381.9981. If a health care 74 regulatory board’s investigation reveals potential criminal 75 activity, the board may provide any relevant information to the 76 appropriate law enforcement agency. 77 (h) A person engaged in bona fide research if the person 78 agrees: 79 1. To submit a research plan to the department which 80 specifies the exact nature of the information requested and the 81 intended use of the information; 82 2. To maintain the confidentiality of the records or 83 information if personal identifying information is made 84 available to the researcher; 85 3. To destroy any confidential and exempt records or 86 information obtained after the research is concluded; and 87 4. Not to contact, directly or indirectly, for any purpose, 88 a patient or physician whose information is in the registry. 89 (3) All information released by the department under 90 subsection (2) remains confidential and exempt, and a person who 91 is provided access to such information must maintain the 92 confidential and exempt status of the information received. 93 (4) A person who willfully and knowingly violates this 94 section commits a felony of the third degree, punishable as 95 provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083. 96 (5) This section is subject to the Open Government Sunset 97 Review Act in accordance with s. 119.15 and shall stand repealed 98 on October 2, 2022, unless reviewed and saved from repeal 99 through reenactment by the Legislature. 100 Section 3. The Legislature finds that it is a public 101 necessity that personal identifying information of patients, 102 caregivers, and physicians collected for purposes of issuing a 103 medical marijuana patient registry identification card issued 104 under s. 381.993, Florida Statutes, held by the Department of 105 Health in the medical marijuana patient registry established 106 under s. 381.994, Florida Statutes, be made confidential and 107 exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), 108 Article I of the State Constitution. The Legislature further 109 finds that it is a public necessity to make confidential and 110 exempt from s. 119.07(1), Florida Statutes, and s. 24(a), 111 Article I of the State Constitution all personal identifying 112 information, including, but not limited to, information related 113 to the qualifying patient’s diagnosis, exception requests to the 114 daily dose amount limit, and the qualifying patient’s experience 115 related to the medical use of marijuana held in the medical 116 marijuana patient registry or by the department which pertains 117 to a physician certification for marijuana and the dispensing 118 thereof pursuant to s. 381.995, Florida Statutes. The choice 119 made by a physician to certify, and by his or her patient to 120 use, marijuana to treat the patient’s medical condition or 121 symptoms and the choice made by a caregiver to assist a 122 qualifying patient with the medical use of marijuana is a 123 personal and private matter between such parties. The 124 availability of such information could make the public aware of 125 both the patient’s use of marijuana and the patient’s diseases 126 or other medical conditions for which the patient is using 127 marijuana. The knowledge of the patient’s use of marijuana, the 128 knowledge that the physician certified the use of marijuana, the 129 knowledge of the patient’s diseases or other medical conditions, 130 and the knowledge that a caregiver is assisting a patient with 131 the medical use of marijuana could be used to embarrass, 132 humiliate, harass, or discriminate against the patient, the 133 caregiver, or the physician. This information could be used as a 134 discriminatory tool by an employer who disapproves of the 135 patient’s use of marijuana, the caregiver’s assistance in the 136 use of marijuana, or the physician certification of such use. 137 However, despite the potential hazards of collecting such 138 information, maintaining the medical marijuana patient registry 139 established under s. 381.994, Florida Statutes, and collecting 140 information pertaining to the physician certification for 141 marijuana is necessary to prevent the diversion and nonmedical 142 use of marijuana as well as to aid and improve research on the 143 efficacy of marijuana. Therefore, the Legislature finds that it 144 is a public necessity to make confidential and exempt from 145 public records requirements the personal identifying information 146 of patients, caregivers, and physicians held by the Department 147 of Health in the medical marijuana patient registry established 148 under s. 381.994, Florida Statutes, and all personal identifying 149 information held in the registry or by the department that 150 pertains to a physician certification for marijuana and the 151 dispensing thereof pursuant to s. 381.986, Florida Statutes. 152 Section 4. This act shall take effect on the same date that 153 SB 8A or similar legislation takes effect, if such legislation 154 is adopted in the same legislative session or an extension 155 thereof and becomes a law. 156 157 ================= T I T L E A M E N D M E N T ================ 158 And the title is amended as follows: 159 Delete everything before the enacting clause 160 and insert: 161 A bill to be entitled 162 An act relating to public records; repealing s. 163 381.987, F.S., relating to a public records exemption 164 for personal identifying information in the medical 165 marijuana patient registry; creating s. 381.9982, 166 F.S.; exempting from public records requirements 167 personal identifying information of patients, 168 caregivers, and physicians held by the Department of 169 Health in the medical marijuana patient registry and 170 personal identifying information related to the 171 physician certification for marijuana and the 172 dispensing thereof held by the department; authorizing 173 specified persons and entities access to the exempt 174 information; requiring that information released from 175 the registry or the department remain confidential and 176 exempt; providing a criminal penalty; providing for 177 future legislative review and repeal of the exemption; 178 providing a statement of public necessity; providing a 179 contingent effective date.