California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ private information – including government identification documents as well as what products they buy – although the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.
Collection of the information raises concerns for some since it remains unclear how the federal government intends to respond to marijuana record keeping plan, since 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 assortment of private information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not practiced there.
Along with concerns about privacy and id theft, the info collection also offers 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 in which a customer profile had not been continued dispensary computers. That includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County in addition to dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento as well as the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were made, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a consumer convenience. All said a client who did not agree to the terms could be turned away. None of these queried would agree to supply a last name to some 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 because the manager of Valley Pure, the very first recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law for that data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries vftzig the information collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday that he might have no comment on the issue. On the Green Door in San Francisco, a worker said, “We are going to only ring you up in the event you come up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a guy who gave his first name as Ian said the details was necessary for law and added, “if someone didn’t wish to accomplish 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.