California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ private information – including government identification documents along with what products they purchase – however the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the info raises concerns for many since it remains unclear how the government intends to respond to cannabis record keeping procedures, since the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In contrast, Colorado and Oregon, states which also have legalized recreational use, banned variety of personal 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 theft, the info collection even 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 when a customer profile had not been kept on dispensary computers. Which includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County along with dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and also the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a consumer convenience. All said a client who failed to consent to the terms will be turned away. None of these queried would agree to provide a last name to your Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the first legal recreational marijuana store in the region, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a man who identified himself because 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 info collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday he might have no comment on the issue. On the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We shall only ring you up in the event you appear 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 someone didn’t want to do that, we might suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses came from workers at Flavors, in the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.