We collect and maintain different types of personal information in respect of the individuals with whom we interact. This includes:
We may also collect market-related information, which may include personal information, concerning market trends and activities impacting our business. We may also collect information related to our media, investor and public relations activities, and information related to our interactions with financial and other advisors.
As a general rule, GOLDEN BUD collects personal information directly from you. In most other circumstances where the personal information that we collect about you is held by a third party, we will obtain your permission before we seek out this information from such sources (such permission may be given directly by you, or implied from your actions).
From time to time, we may utilize the services of third parties and may also receive personal information collected by those third parties in the course of the performance of their services for us or otherwise. Where this is the case, we will take reasonable steps to ensure that such third parties have represented to us that they have the right to disclose your personal information to us.
GOLDEN BUD’s operations include activities related to: (i) operating marijuana production facilities; (ii) distributing medicinal marijuana to individuals managing certain medical conditions; (iii) conducting clinical research with respect to medicinal marijuana; and (iv) educating our stakeholders (including patients, healthcare practitioners and governments at various levels) about the benefits of medicinal marijuana. As such, GOLDEN BUD may also collect personal information from individuals participating in and / or impacted by those activities.
For example, in order for you to obtain medicinal marijuana from us, we require you to provide us with: (i) a document known as a “Medical Document” from an authorized healthcare practitioner; as well as (ii) a consent form.
A Medical Document typically includes the following information: (i) your healthcare practitioner’s name, profession, business address, telephone, fax, email address, province of registration and registration number; (ii) your name, date of birth and location of consultation; and (iii) dosage information (daily quantity and period of use). Your healthcare practitioner also has the option to provide us with your diagnosis and additional comments.
A consent form, on the other hand, is required in order for us to verify the information in your Medical Document with the healthcare practitioner (who completed your Medical Document). The information that we collect through this form may include: (i) your name (and if applicable, the name of your substitute decision maker); (ii) your address, telephone, email address
Information we collect about health care practitioners may be used to comply with our legal and regulatory requirements, including, for example, to verify the information provided on Medical Documents. In certain circumstances, we may be required to disclose such information to the relevant licensing authority that governs the practice of a healthcare practitioner’s profession.
We may collect information related to your visit to our website, including the IP address and domain used to access our website, the type and version of your browser, the website you came from to access our website, the page you entered and exited at, any website page within our website that is viewed by that IP address and what country you are from. We may use this information to monitor our website’s performance (such as number of visits, average time spent, page views) and for our other business purposes, such as: (i) customizing certain content that we think you might like based on your usage patterns; (ii) improving our products and services; and (iii) upgrading our website.
In connection with the foregoing, we may place a “cookie” on the hard drive of your computer to track your visit. A cookie is a small data file that is transferred to your hard drive through your web browser that can only be read by the website that placed the cookie on your hard drive. The cookie acts as an identification card and allows our website to identify you and to record your passwords and preferences. The cookie allows us to track your visit to the website so that we can better understand your use of our website so that we can customize and tailor the website to better meet your needs. Most web browsers are set to accept cookies. However, on most web browsers you may change this setting to have your web browser either: (i) notify you prior to a website placing a cookie on your hard drive so that you can decide whether or not to accept the cookie; or (ii) automatically prevent the placing of a cookie on your hard drive. It should be noted that if cookies are not accepted, you may not be able to access a number of web pages found on the website.
In addition, we collect the personal information that you submit to our website, such as your name, address and any other contact or other information that you choose to provide by, for example:
Our website may contain links to other websites that may be subject to less stringent privacy standards. If you click on a link to such a third party website, a third party may also place a cookie on your hard drive. We cannot assume any responsibility for the privacy practices, policies or actions of the third parties that operate these websites. GOLDEN BUD is not responsible for how such third parties collect, use or disclose your personal information. You should review the privacy policies of these websites before providing them with personal information.
GOLDEN BUD collects personal information (including personal health information) in connection with the provision of health care services (“Healthcare Services”), which includes:
Finally, we may collect, use or disclose your personal information without your knowledge or consent where we are permitted or required to do so by applicable law or regulatory requirements.
We may share your personal information with our employees, contractors, consultants, affiliates and other parties who require such information to assist us with managing our relationship with you, including: (i) third parties that provide services to us; (ii) third parties that assist GOLDEN BUD in the provision of services to you; and (iii) third parties whose services we use to conduct our business.
For example, we may share your personal information from time to time with our third party information technology, data processing and payment processing service providers so that we may operate our business. As a result, your personal information may be collected, used, processed, stored or disclosed in Canada and the United States. As such, your personal information may potentially be accessible to law enforcement and national security authorities of that jurisdiction.
Your personal information may be disclosed:
As above, Canadian law permits or requires the use or sharing of personal information without consent in specific circumstances.
It is important to us that we collect, use or disclose your personal information where we have your consent to do so. Depending on the sensitivity of the personal information, your consent may be implied, deemed (using an opt-out mechanism) or express. Express consent can be given orally, electronically or in writing. Implied consent is consent that can reasonably be inferred from your action or inaction. For example, when you enter into an agreement with us, we will assume your consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information for purposes related to the performance of that agreement and for any other purposes identified to you at the relevant time.
You may change or withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual obligations and reasonable notice, by contacting our Privacy Officer. All communications with respect to such withdrawal or variation of consent should be in writing and addressed to our Privacy Officer.
GOLDEN BUD will endeavor to maintain physical, technical and procedural safeguards that are appropriate to the sensitivity of the personal information in question. These safeguards are designed to prevent your personal information from loss and unauthorized access, collection, use, disclosure, copying, modification, disposal or destruction.
The security of your personal information is important to us, please advise our Privacy Officer immediately of any incident involving the loss of or unauthorized access to or disclosure of personal information that is in our custody or control.
It is important that the information contained in our records is both accurate and current. If your personal information happens to change during the course of our relationship, please keep us informed of such changes.
In some circumstances we may not agree with your request to change your personal information and will instead append an alternative text to the record in question.
You can ask to see your personal information. If you want to review, verify or correct your personal information, please contact our Privacy Officer. Please note that any such communication must be in writing.
When requesting access to your personal information, please note that we may request specific information from you to enable us to confirm your identity and right to access, as well as to search for and provide you with the personal information that we hold about you. We may charge you a fee to access your personal information; however, we will advise you of any fee in advance. If you require assistance in preparing your request, please contact our Privacy Officer.
Your right to access the personal information that we hold about you is not absolute. There are instances where applicable law or regulatory requirements allow or require us to refuse to provide some or all of the personal information that we hold about you. In addition, the personal information may have been destroyed, erased or made anonymous in accordance with our record retention obligations and practices. In the event that we cannot provide you with access to your personal information, we will endeavor to inform you of the reasons why, subject to any legal or regulatory restrictions.