Oregon OKs bill to protect rec marijuana industry from feds

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To protect the state’s recreational marijuana industry from a federal crackdown, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that prevents rec retail businesses from storing private data about customers’ identities or purchases.

The new law is designed to shield adult-use marijuana consumers by barring retailers from sharing or keeping their personal data. Oregon marijuana retailers have 30 days to destroy the data, according to The Oregonian.

Senate Bill 863 sped through the state Legislature and was one of the first bills the governor signed.

Brown has said she’s concerned about what the Trump administration, particularly Attorney General Jeff Sessions, could do in terms of enforcing federal law against marijuana.

Earlier in April, Brown joined the governors of Colorado, Alaska and Washington in writing a letter to Sessions and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin questioning the administration’s policy on cannabis.

The Oregonian reported SB 863 prohibits rec shops from storing or sharing customers’ personal information, including names, birthdates and addresses. The law does not apply to medical marijuana patients.