Alibi V.27 No.45 • Nov 8-14, 2018 

News on the Green

Corey Yazzie

Tuesday’s midterm election results found the New Mexico high desert awash in a metaphorical blue wave. Succeeding two-term Republican governor Susana Martinez, the election of Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham to our state’s highest executive office significantly enhances the potential for legal cannabis use in New Mexico. In a recent interview, Grisham told Weekly Alibi that she is a likely signatory on a recreational cannabis bill that protects medical patient access and deals with unintended consequences such as workplace and driving intoxication and other public safety issues.

As reported by Leafly, four states—Michigan, Missouri, North Dakota and Utah—voted on cannabis reform ballot measures. An adult use legislation ballot item passed in Michigan as did two of six cannabis propositions in Missouri and Utah. That brings the number of American states and other jurisdictions with medical or recreational cannabis access to 33, or 63 percent of the United States. Add to that the resignation of perpetual cannabis opponent Jeff Sessions, and the future of American cannabis looks very bright, indeed.

The Great White Breach

On Wednesday, Nov. 7 online cannabis supplier Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) announced a data breach involving 4,500 customer orders. As reported on by Slate and Forbes, Canada Post, our northerly neighbor’s state-owned postal service, revealed that the security of their delivery tracking tool was compromised, putting at risk sensitive info like postal code, delivery date and the names or initials of persons signing for delivery. Ontario Cannabis Store issued a privacy update on Twitter the same day, noting that the following info was not compromised: customer names, delivery addresses, payment info and order contents.

Toronto station CP24 reports that Canada Post professed confidence that the person who accessed OCS customer info “only shared it with Canada Post and deleted it without distributing further.” If you find the preceding claim confusing, you’re not alone. Reporting by The Globe and Mail notes, “Canada Post could not explain how they verified that only one person had accessed the data.” This developing story emphasizes privacy concerns amid Canada’s recent legalization of adult recreational cannabis use.

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