California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ private 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.
Collection of the info raises concerns for many since it remains unclear how the government intends to answer marijuana recordkeeping plan, because 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.
In addition to concerns about privacy and identity fraud, the info collection even offers caught the eye of Second Amendment proponents, because marijuana use by firearm owners is prohibited under federal law.
A check of vendors nearest Fresno County (which includes no recreational marijuana outlets) found none in which a customer profile had not been 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 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 a customer convenience. All said a consumer who did not agree to the terms will be turned away. None of the queried would agree to supply a last name to some Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the first 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 first 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 that he would have no comment on the issue. In the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We will only ring you up should you show 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 an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we might suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses came from workers at Flavors, inside the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.