California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal data – including government identification documents in addition to what products they purchase – however the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Assortment of the information raises concerns for some since it remains unclear how the federal government intends to respond to marijuana recordkeeping plan, since the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In contrast, Colorado and Oregon, states which 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.
In addition to concerns about privacy and identity fraud, the info collection even offers caught the eye of Second Amendment proponents, because marijuana use by firearm owners is prohibited under federal law.
A check of vendors nearest to Fresno County (which includes no recreational marijuana outlets) found none when a customer profile was not continued dispensary computers. Which includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County in addition to dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the information was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a customer convenience. All said a client who did not agree to the terms could be turned away. None of these queried would agree to supply a last name to a 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 male who identified himself as the manager of Valley Pure, the very first recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state regulations for your data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries vftzig the data collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday he would have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee said, “We will only ring you up should you show up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the details was required by law and added, “if a person didn’t wish to accomplish that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses came from workers at Flavors, in the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.