Oregon: Governor Signs Legislation Protecting Cannabis Consumers’ Privacy

Salem, OR: Governor Kate Brown signed legislation into law this week limiting the ability of government officials to obtain data identifying customers who purchase marijuana at state-licensed retail facilities. Voters legalized the commercial production and retail sales of cannabis in November 2014. Retail sales of cannabis to those age 21 or older began in October 2015.

The new law, which took effect immediately upon signing, states “A marijuana retailer may not record and retain any information that may be used to identify a consumer.” It also mandates retailers to destroy any existing customer records from their databases.

Lawmakers pushed for the measure following comments from the Trump administration threatening to ramp up the enforcement of federal anti-drug laws in states that have regulated the adult use of marijuana.

For more information, please contact Justin Strekal, NORML Political Director, at (202) 483-5500.