California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents along with what products they buy – however the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the information raises concerns for a few because it remains unclear how the federal government intends to answer marijuana recordkeeping procedures, 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 will not be practiced there.
As well as concerns about privacy and id theft, the info 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 includes no recreational marijuana outlets) found none in which a customer profile was not kept on dispensary computers. That also 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 data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as being a customer convenience. All said a client who failed to consent to the terms would be turned away. None of those 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 regulations for the 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 would have no comment on the issue. In the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee said, “We will only ring you up should you show up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the data was necessary for law and added, “if an individual didn’t want to do that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses has come from workers at Flavors, in the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.