California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents along with what products they buy – even though the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the info raises concerns for a few 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.
On the other hand, Colorado and Oregon, states that 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.
In addition to concerns about privacy and identity theft, the information collection also has 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 (which has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none when a customer profile had not been continued dispensary computers. Which includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County in addition to dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and also the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles are intended, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a customer convenience. All said a customer who failed to accept to the terms could be turned away. None of those queried would agree to provide a last name to some 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 initial recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law for your data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries vftzig the info collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday which he could have no comment on the issue. In the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee said, “We shall only ring you up if you appear on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a guy who gave his first name as Ian said the data was necessary for law and added, “if an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses originated from workers at Flavors, inside the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.