California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents in addition to what products they purchase – however the documentation is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Collection of the data raises concerns for some because it remains unclear how the federal government intends to answer marijuana record keeping plan, considering that the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
On the other hand, Colorado and Oregon, states that also have legalized recreational use, banned variety of personal data. 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 fraud, the data 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 (that 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 and the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were made, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a customer convenience. All said a client who failed to agree to the terms could be turned away. None of those queried would agree to supply a surname to your Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the very first legal recreational marijuana store in the area, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a man 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 data collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday that he would have no comment on the issue. On the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We are going to only ring you up in the event 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 essental to law and added, “if an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we may 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.