California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal data – including government identification documents as well as what products they purchase – although the record keeping is not part of Proposition 64, their state law voters approved in November 2016.
Variety of the data raises concerns for a few since it remains unclear how the government intends to respond to 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 assortment of personal data. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not practiced there.
Along with concerns about privacy and identity theft, the info collection also has 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 (that has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none in which a customer profile was not kept on 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 are intended, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a client convenience. All said a consumer who did not agree to the terms would be turned away. None of these queried would agree to supply a surname 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 since 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 info collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday which he might have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, a worker said, “We shall only ring you up should you appear on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the information was necessary for law and added, “if an individual didn’t wish to accomplish that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses originated from workers at Flavors, within the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.