Pennsylvania is removing its medical marijuana registry from police computers

Pennsylvania regulators said Friday they will no longer make a new medical marijuana registry available on the state’s computer system for law enforcement, making it less likely someone’s participation will be flagged during federal gun-purchase background checks.

The Health Department said that when police need to verify that someone is in the program, they will instead have to rely on patients’ medical marijuana ID cards.

“Medical marijuana is an important medication for Pennsylvanians suffering from serious medical conditions,” said Health Department spokeswoman April Hutcheson. “It’s essential that we treat medical marijuana as we would more at