California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents along with what products they buy – however the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Collection of the data raises concerns for many since it remains unclear how the federal government intends to respond to marijuana record keeping plan, since the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In comparison, Colorado and Oregon, states which also have legalized recreational use, banned assortment of private information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not practiced there.
As well as concerns about privacy and id theft, the info collection also offers caught the interest of Second Amendment proponents, because marijuana use by firearm owners is prohibited under federal law.
A check of vendors nearest to Fresno County (that has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none when a customer profile was not continued dispensary computers. That also includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County as well as dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento as well as the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a consumer convenience. All said a customer who failed to accept to the terms would be turned away. None of the queried would agree to provide a surname to your Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the very first legal recreational marijuana store in the region, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a guy who identified himself as the manager of Valley Pure, the initial recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law for the data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries vftzig the information collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday that he might have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We will only ring you up should you appear on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a male who gave his first name as Ian said the data was required by law and added, “if an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we may suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses came from workers at Flavors, inside the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.