California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal data – including government identification documents in addition to what products they buy – even though the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Collection of the data raises concerns for a few as it remains unclear how the federal government intends to answer marijuana recordkeeping procedures, since 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 collection of personal 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 offers caught the interest 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 continued dispensary computers. That includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County in addition to 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 information was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a customer convenience. All said a client who failed to consent to the terms will be turned away. None of those queried would agree to provide 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 male who identified himself because the manager of Valley Pure, the initial recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law 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 he could have no comment on the issue. In the Green Door in San Francisco, a worker said, “We shall only ring you up if you appear 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 a person didn’t might like to do that, we might 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.