The federal government is being condemned by medical marijuana users because the government violated their privacy and has also put their safety in danger. This was done when Health Canada sent letters in envelopes that exposed people as users of medical marijuana.
About 40,000 people all over the Canada received letters from Health Canada in order to notify them about the changes to the Marijuana Medical Access Program that will be starting from April 1.
Debbie Stultz-Giffin, who has a license to grow marijuana in Nova Scotia, said that any preceding post related to the program came in plain brown envelopes and was sent by registered mail.
Stultz-Giffin told CBC News that she was shocked after seeing the words 'medical marijuana' and 'Health Canada' has revealed the names of users in public.
Stultz-Giffin said the letter clarifying alterations are being made to the program because the "high value of marijuana on the illegal market increases risks of violent home invasion and diversion to the black market".
She also told that letter has caused strain among marijuana users. George Da Pont, the deputy minister at Health Canada, issued an apology on website the Health Canada and considered it an administrative fault.
As social networking sites hummed with information of Health Canada's release, receivers started complaining to the federal privacy commissioner's office and it has issued a statement on late Thursday saying that they would be inspecting the matter.
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