The Federal Court of Canada has certified a class-action lawsuit involving 40,000 people in the medical marijuana access program.
The case was launched in 2013 after Health Canada sent letters to people with the program’s name on the envelope. Before that, mail sent to people in the program didn’t mention marijuana.
Recipients were upset, saying their privacy had been violated. Some said they worried they’d lose their jobs or be victims of a home invasion.
In March of this year, the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada ruled that Health Canada had violated federal privacy laws. That ruling didn’t allow for any compensation.
In a press release, the Halifax law firm that launched the case says the certification shows the Federal Court has decided the class action lawsuit is necessary to allow people access to justice.