California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal data – including government identification documents as well as what products they buy – even though the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the info raises concerns for many as it remains unclear how the government intends to respond to marijuana recordkeeping plan, 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 variety of personal information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases will not be practiced there.
In addition to concerns about privacy and identity fraud, the data collection also offers caught the eye of Second Amendment proponents, because marijuana use by firearm owners is prohibited under federal law.
A check of vendors closest to Fresno County (which has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none where a customer profile had not been 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 the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as being a client convenience. All said a consumer who failed to accept to the terms will be turned away. None of those queried would agree to supply a last name to your Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the initial legal recreational marijuana store in the area, 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 the 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 which he could have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We will only ring you up in the event you show up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the information was essental to law and added, “if a person didn’t might like to do that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses has come from workers at Flavors, inside the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.