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NJ Medical Marijuana Program Violates Patients Privacy

By Alexandra Hill, WBGO News
December 19, 2012

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The NJ medical marijuana program may have violated patient confidentiality with an email.

Susan Sturner of Lawrenceville NJ suffers from progressive glaucoma and is a registered medical marijuana patient. She says she received an email from the department of health that directed her to contact the dispensary for any further assistance. The problem is when she scrolled across her name a drop down list with the names and contacts of almost 400 other patients appeared some with pictures.

“I was horrified when I saw that because it’s nobody’s business who is sick, it’s nobody’s business who is applying for the medical cannabis program, and the state that's been so secretive and so stressing that this is such a private and delicate issue, just went ahead and released all our names.”

The department of health said in a statement that it sincerely apologizes for the error and has taken immediate steps to ensure this does not happen again.

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