As if you weren't already on high alert, the Equifax breach has created heightened concerns about cyber-security nationwide. Knowing your personal information and otherwise confidential data could be floating around the internet doesn't provide much comfort for preventing identity theft. For patients and customers in the marijuana world, that risk can be escalated by the nature of the industry. New tech and software companies coming into this space may not have the backing, experience and infrastructure necessary to minimize exposure to the ever-changing landscape of cyber-attacks. Only a few months back, the well-known and well-respected MJ Freeway experienced its second security breach of 2017. Though MJ Freeway noted it was “a theft,” it doesn’t rule out the possibility of another attack on cannabis software systems similar to the one they experienced in January (which resulted in a major crash for POS systems for active clients across the US ). Thus, to those who are adding "check your credit score" to their weekly list of things to worry about (e.g. also check to see if Jeff Sessions is making good on this threats), you are rightfully concerned. Our friends at JDSupra published an article on the ways the marijuana industry can protect itself when it comes to data security. It’s worth a read.
Despite half of the states in America having legalized marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes, the divisiveness of the drug remains fully intact. Fear of federal criminal liability and stigmatization leave many on the periphery of what is the fastest growing industry in North America.