California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents as well as what products they purchase – although the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the info raises concerns for some since it remains unclear how the government intends to respond to marijuana record keeping plan, considering that the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
On the other hand, Colorado and Oregon, states which also have legalized recreational use, banned variety of private information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not really practiced there.
In addition to concerns about privacy and identity fraud, the info collection even offers caught the interest of Second Amendment proponents, because marijuana use by firearm owners is prohibited under federal law.
A check of vendors nearest Fresno County (that has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none where a customer profile was not kept on dispensary computers. That 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 information was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a consumer convenience. All said a consumer who failed to agree to the terms could be turned away. None of these queried would agree to supply a last name 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 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. In the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee said, “We shall only ring you up in the event you show up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a male who gave his first name as Ian said the details was necessary for law and added, “if an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we may suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses has come from workers at Flavors, within the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.