Hackers Disrupting Las Vegas Marijuana Portal?

Nevada Medical Marijuana

In Nevada medical marijuana is legal and a small amount of marijuana for personal use was legalized in the last election. The private/personal marijuana laws went into effect on January 1st. The state’s private use laws are in line with other states where private use is legal. For instance Nevada citizens can possess up to one ounce for personal use and they can cultivate up to 12 plants if they live more than 25 miles away from a licensed store.

Medical marijuana use in Nevada has a little more stringent laws because patients can consume more than people using it for “private use”.

Like all of the other states where medical marijuana is in play the state government has deployed a web based portal for tracking. Nevada’s portal keeps track of medical marijuana licenses, licensees and how much patients are using.

The Las Vegas Review Journal reports that the state’s online portal has been taken down by the state twice since December 8th. Both times the state cited cyber security vulnerabilities.

When the site was first taken down on December 8th the state notified all three major credit bureaus that information from 11,000 applications may have been put at risk. The information included patient’s names, addresses, phone numbers, social security numbers and dates of birth. Since then though, the state has done a double take and minimalized their original position, saying the site was taken down because of possible cyber security threats.

“The portal was taken down for repairs after the Division was notified that it was vulnerable to a cybersecurity breach,” the press release said.

The site was intermittently available between December 8th and January 19th. This past Thursday the state of Nevada officially put the portal back online and sent out the press release.

New laws across the nation have created an entirely new legal industry. As the industry continues to grow, more technology tools will be employed. With that, comes cyber security risks.  Technically, in the case of medical marijuana, the patient should be protected under HIPPA laws. State’s should be required to carry the same security on state run medical marijuana data portals as a hospital or doctor’s office would.