California recreational marijuana dispensaries are collecting customers’ personal information – including government identification documents as well as what products they buy – however 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 federal government intends to respond to marijuana recordkeeping procedures, considering that the herb remains a controlled substance in U.S. statutes.
In comparison, Colorado and Oregon, states which have legalized recreational use, banned collection 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 information 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 had not been continued dispensary computers. That also 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 being a consumer convenience. All said a consumer who did not agree to the terms would be turned away. None of those queried would agree to provide a surname to some Fresno Bee reporter.
Valley Pure, the first 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 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 he could have no comment on the issue. In the Green Door in San Francisco, a staff member said, “We are going to only ring you up if 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 essental to law and added, “if a person didn’t wish to accomplish that, we might suggest they not shop at our dispensary.” Similar responses originated from workers at Flavors, within the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.