Veterans say mail from VAC outs medical marijuana users

Andrea Gunn reports yet another incident where Canadian medical marijuana users have been outed by a mailing gaffe.

Veterans across Canada are reporting a security breach involving mail sent out by Veterans Affairs Canada that lets anyone looking at the outside of the envelope know it was issued under the federal medical marijuana program.

Veteran Jason Hemsworth received a piece of mail with information regarding his medical marijuana prescription, which is covered through Medavie-Blue Cross. Under the little plastic window displaying his address, it reads “Re: Cannabis for Medical Purposes,” for anyone to see.

This one affected 3,000.  A larger one, affecting 40,000 recipients of a 2013 Health Canada mailing, resulted in a privacy class action.

Read more about this newest one on The Chronicle Herald.

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