The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued a warning about medical marijuana scams this week.
“The department has recently received reports of fraudulent letters claiming to come from DOH and circulating misinformation about medical marijuana laws in Florida,” the DOH noted on Thursday night.
To combat the problem, the DOH offered the following tips:
If you receive suspicious looking letters claiming to be from the Florida Department of Health or the Office of Medical Marijuana Use, please call the office toll-free to verify at 1-800-808-9580.
Only approved medical marijuana treatment centers are authorized in Florida to dispense medical marijuana to qualified patients and legal representatives. Patients are not allowed to grow marijuana in Florida. Find a list of approved medical marijuana treatment centers here.
Only qualified physicians are permitted to certify patients for medical marijuana use. Qualified physicians can be searched here.
The department continues to focus on the health and safety of Florida’s families and is dedicated to ensuring patients have safe access to medicine. Patients can learn about qualified conditions, search for a qualified physician, apply for an ID card, and find dispensing locations at www.flhealth.gov/ommu.
To report scams to the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services call 1-800-HELP-FLA (1-800-435-7352).
To report fraud to the Attorney General’s office call 1-866-966-7226.