On April 19, 2017, the Florida Department of Health announced that state residents should be cognizant of medical cannabis scams as the DOH has received reports of fraudulent advertisements for free or cheap medical cannabis.
The complaints started to roll into the DOH last week after signs in Jacksonville were spotted advertising “Legal Weed,” as reported by Patch.
According to the DOH’s announcement, “The department’s Office of Compassionate Use is the only entity issuing identification cards for medical marijuana in Florida. No third party is authorized to process applications.”
The DOH included some of the following tips and information in its announcement so as to protect residents from medical cannabis scams:
-Don’t give your credit card information to a third party claiming it has the ability to get you a medical cannabis card.
-There are only seven registered dispensaries authorized by the state to grow, process and dispense cannabis.
-Check the Office of Compassionate Use’s list of physicians qualified to certify patients for medical cannabis, as not all physicians meet the state-mandated requirements.