The Legislature also took steps to make it easier to suspend the licenses of stores or their personnel if they were engaged in illegal activity, including sending cannabis to the black market.

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(TNS) — Fear that the federal government may crack down on legalized marijuana has forced cannabis stores to rid themselves of any data that could be used to identify customers.

Under Senate Bill 863, the state now prohibits pot stores from recording, retaining or transferring any customer information.

“We had to purge our entire database,” said Brie Malarkey, owner of Breeze Botanicals in Gold Hill and Ashland. “It was tough. We had a lot of people upset. They wanted to know where all loyalty points went.”

Malarkey said customers who wanted to get back into a tracking system have to sign opt-in forms that contain only a limited amount of information.

Many stores kept information about previous sales on file, which could be useful for repeat purchasers. Stores are still required to check identification to make sure customers are 21 or older.

The bill was sponsored by Sen. Floyd Prozanski, D-Eugene, who included an emergency clause that made the bill take effect immediately, after the federal government started making noise about cracking down on states that legalized marijuana.

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