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Officials warn of medical cannabis scammers

December 31st, 2016 by WCBC Radio

Maryland patients are several months away from being able to legally obtain medical cannabis to treat chronic conditions. But scammers are already trying to make a buck off patients desperate for the relief from the new drug, according to regulators and industry officials.

State officials have been told that some companies are selling "marijuana cards" or offering exams to "pre-approve" patients for medical cannabis.

Neither is a legitimate practice, officials say.

"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. "There is no such thing as pre-approval."

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