Few people in the state have access to medical marijuana, and scammers are taking advantage of Floridians’ hazy knowledge of the laws.
The Florida Department of Health warned residents that scammers are offering free or cheap medical marijuana (it is neither) and are pretending to be the Office of Compassionate Use when gathering credit card information.
The only group that can issue medical marijuana ID cards is the health department’s Office of Compassionate Use. The office will never ask for credit card information.
In fact, almost all medical marijuana business is done in cash because of the plant’s tricky legal standing. Credit card companies, like big banks, are leery of accepting money from drugs the federal government defines as illegal.
Only seven dispensaries can sell medical marijuana: South Florida’s Modern Health Concepts, CHT Medical, The Green Solution, Trulieve, Surterra Therapeutics, Knox Medical and GrowHealthy. Any other group offering access to the drug is a fraud.
Here’s a list of doctors that can legally recommend medical marijuana. To get on the list, physicians had to complete an eight-hour training court and must have a three-month relationship with their patient.