Cannabis Dispensary Leaders Air Concerns Over Pot Shop Privacy Breach

Article by Dan Fumano, Vancouver Sun

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Leaders in B.C.’s retail marijuana industry responded with concerns Tuesday to news of a privacy breach involving the website of a Vancouver pot dispensary.

After news broke Tuesday that patients’ personal and medical records had been publicly accessible through the website of an East Vancouver pot shop, the head of Canada’s dispensary industry association said such privacy breaches are serious concerns, but are not limited or exclusive to pot dispensaries.

Jeremy Jacob, president of the Canadian Association of Medical Cannabis Dispensaries (CAMCD) said patient privacy breaches have occurred elsewhere, including a 2013 incident when Health Canada mistakenly mailed out 40,0000 letters identifying recipients as medical marijuana users.

Jacob said: “The privacy of patients is very important, especially when a medicine is stigmatized the way cannabis is, and CAMCD dispensaries have a set of standards on patient privacy that we adhere to.”

The dispensary involved with the recent breach, the Vancouver Pain Management Society, is not a member of CAMCD, said Jacob.

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