National and state marijuana databases have had to deal with some major hacking problems lately, leaving many to wonder how safe cannabis is online. Read about marijuana cybersecurity and why it needs to be improved.
The first major hack to hit Nevada medical marijuana dispensaries and their patients was a breach at the medical marijuana database in the Nevada Division of Public and Behavioral Health. According to the press release the Division put forth, private information was released for employees and owners of medical marijuana businesses in Nevada, but no patient information was released.
However, investigators found that more than 11,000 applicants for the medical marijuana program had their information released on the Internet. The Division shut down the entire portal until the problem was resolved, which wound up taking more than a month to figure out. In the meantime, dispensaries were left handwriting their patients’ information to stay in compliance with regulation, and a few dispensaries had to close their doors for the time being.
The second cannabis hacking came from the national database MJ Freeway, which is a compliance system used by medical marijuana dispensaries across the country. This hack was maliciously focused on disabling the system and wound up disabling hundreds of individual accounts by dispensaries using the system, including some accounts in Nevada.
Tick Segerblom, the pro-pot Nevada senator, explained that any time you put something on the Internet, you are susceptible to data breaches. However, these back-to-back data breaches mean medical marijuana databases across the country should heighten security, so patients names and personal information are not infiltrated.
At the end of the day, the most important reason for extra security is to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of medical marijuana patients in the same way that every other medical patient receives.
Cybersecurity will always face challenges as long as hackers are out there attempting to breach databases with personal information. The medical marijuana industry learned a lesson from the latest cyber attacks and is hopefully putting more effort into avoiding the hacks in the future. While the Nevada State Division spent weeks trying to fix the marijuana data breaches, Las Vegas ReLeaf medical marijuana dispensary stayed open to continue to provide medication to patients.
During this time, Las Vegas ReLeaf relied on their own system of confidentially signing in patients and adhering to compliance rules. Visit Las Vegas ReLeaf online to learn more, including location, menu and daily specials.