California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents along with what products they buy – although the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, the state law voters approved in November 2016.
Collection of the information raises concerns for some as it remains unclear how the government intends to answer cannabis record keeping procedures, since the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In comparison, Colorado and Oregon, states which have legalized recreational use, banned variety of private information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not practiced there.
As well as concerns about privacy and identity fraud, the information collection also has caught the eye 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 when a customer profile was not 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 made, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the data was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a customer convenience. All said a consumer who failed to agree to the terms will be turned away. None of these queried would agree to supply a last name to a Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the first legal recreational marijuana store in the area, 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 law for your 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 which he could have no comment on the issue. On the Green Door in San Francisco, a worker said, “We shall 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 information was necessary for law and added, “if a person didn’t wish to accomplish that, we would 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.