California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents along with 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 information raises concerns for many because it remains unclear how the government intends to answer marijuana recordkeeping procedures, because the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In contrast, Colorado and Oregon, states which also have legalized recreational use, banned assortment of personal information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases will not be practiced there.
As well as concerns about privacy and identity theft, 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 closest to Fresno County (which includes no recreational marijuana outlets) found none in which a customer profile was not continued dispensary computers. That includes an outlet in Woodlake in Tulare County along with 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 details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a consumer convenience. All said a client who failed to agree to the terms would be turned away. None of these queried would agree to provide a surname to a Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the initial legal recreational marijuana store in the region, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a male who identified himself because the manager of Valley Pure, the very first recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law for the data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries vftzig the information collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday which he would have no comment on the issue. At the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee 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 details 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.