Information Commissioner Takes Health Ministry to Court Over Weed Info

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Information commissioner takes health ministry to court over weed info Sun Media More from Sun Media Published: June 22, 2020 Updated: June 22, 2020 8:28 PM EDT Filed Under: Toronto SUN ›News ›Canada RELATED NEWS P.E.I. sees rise in anti-outsider sentiment NEWS Watch:T.O.'s virtual Canada Day performances include some at the El Mocambo WORLD Did Alberta woman commit suicide in Alabama in 1960 - or was she murdered? REOPENING CANADA Watch:REOPENING CANADA: Retailers hopeful as doors swing back open The federal health ministry is refusing to name the 575 locations of medical marijuana producers in Canada. In court documents, the

The federal health ministry is refusing to name the 575 locations of medical marijuana producers in Canada.
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In court documents, the ministry claims that giving out postal codes or home cities “would create a serious possibility that individuals could be identified,” according to Blacklock’s Reporter.
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The non-disclosure has led to a federal lawsuit by Information Commissioner Caroline Maynard, who dismissed the ministry’s claim.
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“Canadians have a right to request information from the government,” Maynard told the Commons government operations committee. “The right of access and need for transparency have not been suspended during the pandemic.”
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In a federal court application, Maynard asked a judge to compel the ministry to disclose the hundreds of federally licensed distributors “authorized to produce or store large amounts of medical cannabis.”
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The same records were requested by a Globe & Mail crime reporter three years ago.

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