A great report by the Fresno Bee, the best we’ve seen this week and more than a little disturbing. Sounds like the BCC may have to issue an alert on this matter as well.
Here’s the report
A check of vendors closest to Fresno County (which has no recreational marijuana outlets) found none where 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 information was required under Proposition 64. Others cited it as a customer convenience. All said a customer who did not agree to the terms would be turned away. None of those queried would agree to provide a last name to a 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 first recreational dispensary in Tulare County, cited state law for the data collection. He would not identify himself and said inquiries about the data collection constituted “harrassment.”
Jason Finfrock, the reported owner of Valley Pure, said Thursday that he would have no comment on the issue.
At the Green Door in San Francisco, an employee said, “We will only ring you up if you come up on our profile.”
At Canna Cruz in Santa Cruz, a man who gave his first name as Ian said the information was required by law and added, “if a person didn’t want to do that, we would suggest they not shop at our dispensary.”
Similar responses came from workers at Flavors, in the Stanislaus County town of Riverbank, at People’s Remedy in Modesto and Alpine Alternatives in Sacramento.