As Maryland prepares to implement its medical marijuana program over the next several months, state officials are warning residents to be on the look out for scammers attempting to turn a profit.
According to The Baltimore Sun, unlicensed companies are going around the state selling “marijuana cards” and exams to “pre-approve” medical marijuana patients, neither of which are legal under state law.
“They are telling patients that they have the ability to pre-approve them for the medical cannabis program and that is a lie,” said Darrell Carrington, executive director of the Maryland Cannabis Industry Association, to The Baltimore Sun. “There is no such thing as pre-approval.”
State officials thus far have recorded approximately 20 reports of marijuana companies making such claims.
Under Maryland law, doctors recommending medical marijuana and patients must sign up for an online registry, which opens in early 2017, which the state will monitor and maintain. Although medical marijuana cards will be issued by the state, they are not required so long as patients have a recommendation.