California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – 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 data raises concerns for some as it remains unclear how the federal government intends to answer cannabis record keeping procedures, considering that the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In comparison, Colorado and Oregon, states that also have legalized recreational use, banned collection of private information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases will not be practiced there.
As well as concerns about privacy and identity theft, the data collection also offers caught the attention 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 where a customer profile was not kept on dispensary computers. Which includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County as well as dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and also the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were made, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as being a client convenience. All said a consumer who did not agree to the terms could be turned away. None of the queried would agree to supply a surname to some Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the initial legal recreational marijuana store in the region, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a guy who identified himself since the manager of Valley Pure, the initial recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law 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 that he would have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, a worker said, “We shall only ring you up if you appear on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the data was required by law and added, “if someone didn’t might like to do that, we may suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses originated from workers at Flavors, inside the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.