Ontario’s Privacy Watchdog Investigating Toronto Pot Dispensary

Article by Peter Goffin, The Toronto Star

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Ontario’s privacy watchdog says it is investigating a Toronto marijuana dispensary following a complaint about mishandled customer information.

“The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario … received an anonymous complaint regarding documents that appear to be the property of WeeMedical Dispensary Society, that were allegedly left unsecured, curbside, in a transparent recycling bag,” wrote IPC registrar Suzanne Brocklehurst in a letter to the Star. “The documents contained the personal information of several individuals.”

In a subsequent interview, Brocklehurst said the IPC was “looking into” WeeMedical, a B.C. based chain with three franchise locations in Toronto.

In early November, an anonymous source sent The Star a collection of WeeMedical forms detailing the names, addresses, phone numbers, emails, health problems and marijuana habits of 14 medical marijuana users.

The forms were accompanied by a letter saying the source found them in a transparent bag on the curb outside the WeeMedical dispensary on Queen St. west of Spadina Ave.

IPC spokesperson Trell Huether confirmed that the privacy commissioner’s investigation concerned the same WeeMedical location.

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