McInnes Cooper law firm files national class action in medical marijuana privacy breach

HALIFAX, Nov. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - McInnes Cooper law firm today filed a proposed class action in Federal Court against the Government of Canada in response to Health Canada's breach of the privacy rights of 40,000 patients in the Marijuana Medical Access Program. Under the Marijuana Medical Access Program, patients are permitted to grow marijuana in their residence for medicinal purposes. 

Earlier this month, Health Canada sent these patients a letter via Canada Post that clearly indicated on the envelope that the named patient participated in the Marijuana Medical Access Program.

Health Canada's disclosure of the patients' private medical information has raised serious employment and security concerns, and caused the patients to suffer considerable stress and anxiety.

"As a result of Health Canada's error, we have already spoken with a number of people whose lives have been affected by this breach," said David Fraser, a national expert on privacy law, and McInnes Cooper's lead lawyer on this case.

"We have heard that some individuals have already lost their jobs as a result, and everyone we've spoken with is concerned about their safety in their homes."

SOURCE: McInnes Cooper

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