State officials warn of scam targeting medical marijuana patients

State officials warn of scam targeting medical marijuana patients

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Please install the latest Adobe Flash Player Plugin to watch this content. SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – The Florida Department of Health is putting a warning out about a medical marijuana scam. Officials say scam artists are to pretending to offer free or reduced-cost access to medicinal cannabis, in exchange for credit card information. Don’t be fooled by this fraud. Officials warn some scammers pretend to be businesses or even the “Office of Compassionate Use.” “I think it’s easy to get rid of the scammers if you just know the process. But, once again, there’s so little information and education out there,” said Dr. Barry Gordon, with the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic of Venice. Here’s how it works. To access medical cannabis, you must first get treatment from a qualified, ordering physician and wait 90 days. The physician will help you get registered into the compassionate use patient registry. You need to also apply for an ID card and pay a $75 fee by check. After that, you can have access to medical marijuana at one of seven dispensaries across the state. “No one’s going to be calling you asking for money from any state system, any doctor’s office,” said Dr. Gordon. Gordon just opened the Compassionate Cannabis Clinic of Venice a few months ago. His appointments are filling up fast. Dr. Gordon feels it’s unfortunate that scammers are taking advantage of people who are simply looking for medical help. “These patients should not have to fly under the radar, doing things that are illegal; they want to be honest citizens,” said Dr. Gordon. Here are some more tips provided by the Florida Department of Health : 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 […]

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