Medical marijuana user accuses Health Canada of privacy breach
Says may take government to court for identifying him as user of the drug
A Winnipeg medical marijuana user is fuming mad at Health Canada and considering taking the federal government to court.
'Greg,' who is licensed to use marijuana due to a spinal cord injury, said he's gone to great lengths to keep it a secret.
But he said Health Canada violated his privacy when it sent him a letter clearly marked "Marijuana Medical Access Program."
CBC is not using his last name to protect his identity.
Greg said he is outraged with Health Canada's move.
"They just painted a target on our house."
The letter explains changes being made to the medical marijuana program.
Licensed users will no longer be able to grow their own pot because of risks of home invasions.
Greg said Health Canada has actually put his family at risk.
"Someone needs to be called to task on this and sorry isn't good enough," he said.
He said it may end up in court.
"This is confidential. That, in my understanding, is just between the doctors, the government and myself," he said.
Health Canada told CBC News approximately 40,000 letters were sent out.
It said the labelling was an administrative error and that it regrets the mistake and is taking steps to ensure it doesn't happen again.