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Can't help to ask

Bob Taylor's not happy about how officials at Miami-Yoder Middle School in Rush, about 40 miles east of Colorado Springs, recently questioned one of his twin sons. But he may not have much recourse.

Taylor, who became a medical marijuana cardholder about five months ago, says one of his 13-year-old eighth-grade sons was asked if anyone in his household had a medical marijuana card, after another student brought marijuana to school.

Principal Mike Moore tells the Indy he's not at liberty to discuss what happened because it's considered a "confidential disciplinary issue." We e-mailed Moore for more on his comment, but he hasn't followed up.

Taylor asserts his privacy was compromised. But confidentiality regarding MMJ is hazy. The circumstance as Taylor describes it doesn't violate the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, since the federal HIPPA law offers no medical protection to state cardholders.

And while the situation may have been inappropriate, says the Department of Public Health and Environment's spokesman Mark Salley, there aren't any related state laws. Though the MMJ patient registry is confidential, there's nothing to stop anyone from asking another person about being an MMJ cardholder.

As for the city's largest district, School District 11, spokeswoman Devra Ashby says that to her knowledge, the issue has never come up.

In the meantime, Taylor is miffed because he wasn't contacted. He also thinks it's a sneaky way for law enforcement to find out who's on the registry for a potential bust.

"They now know I have an MMJ card, so I imagine that's enough to break down my door at any given time," the parent says. Taylor is so upset, he's withdrawn his sons from the school district and enrolled them in an at-home online curriculum.

Keef crumbs

• Noon on Friday, Jan. 27, brings the fourth protest of the prosecution of local patient Bob Crouse at the El Paso County Courthouse (270 S. Tejon St.). Crouse is a leukemia sufferer charged with two felonies for cultivation and distribution of marijuana, which he used to treat his symptoms.

Irvin Rosenfeld, one of four people still receiving marijuana from the federal government as a part of its Compassionate Investigational New Drug program, is scheduled to attend.

• The Associated Press reports that a mouth spray using materials from raw (as opposed to synthetic) marijuana, created by British company GW Pharma to treat cancer pain, is in advanced clinical trials and could see Food and Drug Administration approval as soon as 2013.

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