OR lawmakers aim to pre-empt any marijuana crackdown by feds

Oregon state legislators are trying to head the federal government off at the pass.

To keep the federal government from potentially seizing cannabis consumers’ personal data, a bipartisan committee of Oregon lawmakers proposed legislation that would require marijuana businesses to destroy customer information within 48 hours after receiving it.

The measure will receive its first hearing Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. The full legislature must approve the bill before it can be signed into law by Oregon’s Democratic governor.

The Oregon lawmakers are trying to be proactive after recent anti-recreational marijuana comments by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.

Cannabis businesses in Oregon typically gather information from customers such as names, addresses and birthdays for record-keeping and marketing purposes, like birthday discounts.

Some retailers even record driver’s license numbers so they can track each marijuana product a customer buys and when. Store owners say such information helps staff find an item more easily, according to AP.

Cannabis stores also are required to check IDs to ensure customers are at least 21 years old.

“I think we as legislators have a duty to protect our citizens,” said Democratic state Sen. Floyd Prozanski, one of the bill’s sponsors and a prosecuting attorney.

Stores in Colorado and Alaska are not allowed to collect personal information, the Associated Press reported. Washington state retailers are permitted collect personal information, but the practice is discouraged.

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2 comments on “OR lawmakers aim to pre-empt any marijuana crackdown by feds
  1. John Dickinson on

    Washington State retailers, recreational stores, are the only access points for medical cannabis. To get a medical cannabis ID you must give some pot head with several hours training on HIPPA ans HIIPA, then you sign a form giving up your constitutional rights protection of search and seizure, gun ownership and medical privacy . Then you get your identification card with your facial recognition photo. If you later chose to leave this liquor imposed group, your information remains in the database for five years.

    That is Washington. Oh, and there is no re-call of tainted products, you get what you get.

    • Andrew on

      You are wrong, twice. It’s voluntary to join the registry and ALL products are returnable to retail by the consumer and it’s not difficult to initiate a recall

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