Saskatchewan: Privacy Commissioner Recommends Cannabis Dispensaries be Subject to Health Information Protection Act

Article by Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader-Post via Canada.com

LOCAL NEWS Privacy commissioner recommends cannabis dispensaries be subject to HIPA By Jennifer Ackerman, Regina Leader-Post Saskatchewan Information and Privacy Commissioner Ron Kruzeniski.

As part of his annual report, Saskatchewan’s information and privacy commissioner is proposing cannabis dispensaries be subject to the Health Information Protection Act (HIPA).

The recommendation suggests that under HIPA — which regulates collection, storage, use and disclosure of personal health information and access to personal health information — the term “trustee” be defined to include “corporations or persons which operate a facility providing a health service including massage therapists and cannabis dispensaries.”

“To some extent it depends on how much the dispensary is collecting, but it does strike us that if they’re collecting information on your purchases of marijuana then at least they have the obligation to safeguard that information,” said Ron Kruzeniski, who’s going into his sixth year as commissioner.

Kruzeniski didn’t pin down exactly which dispensaries in Saskatchewan would be affected, but said the office thought it was important to at least have a discussion about what information dispensaries are collecting and how well they are protecting that information.

Jill Anderson, owner/operator of Tweed in Regina, said they don’t collect any personal health information.

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