Article by Anjuli Patil, CBC News
Canadian resident Kim Davis said she was surprised when she was sorting through her mail last week and saw in bold letters through an envelope window, “RE: Cannabis for Medical Purposes.”
The unopened letter was addressed to her husband, a veteran, who in September started taking edible cannabis to help cope with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Veterans and their families are expressing concern about the letters, which reveal who may be using cannabis to treat health problems, breaching their privacy.
“It has breached privacy on all different levels. If you follow the privacy protection act for health-care professionals, it breaks that,” said Davis, who lives in Lawrencetown, N.S.
The letter was signed by Veterans Affairs Canada, but it arrived in a Medavie Blue Cross envelope. Davis said the envelope outed her husband as a medical marijuana user.
There are 3,000 veterans in Canada who use medical marijuana. The letter inside the envelope outlined the stricter limits from Ottawa on medical marijuana for veterans.