California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal data – including government identification documents as well as what products they buy – 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 some 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 comparison, Colorado and Oregon, states which also have legalized recreational use, banned variety of personal information. And officials in Washington, another state with legal weed, said building customer databases is not really practiced there.
As well as 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 (which includes 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 as well as dispensaries in Stanislaus County, Salinas, Santa Cruz, Sacramento and the Bay Area.
When asked why customer profiles were created, several dispensary workers incorrectly stated the details was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a a client convenience. All said a client who did not agree to the terms would be turned away. None of these queried would agree to provide a surname to some Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the initial legal recreational marijuana store in the region, has opened in Woodlake in Tulare County.
In Woodlake, a man who identified himself as the manager of Valley Pure, the very first recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state regulations for that 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 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 data was essental to 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, in the Stanislaus County city of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.