Utah Officials Warn of Medical Cannabis Scam

Utah officials warned of a possible scam in a newspaper ad that erroneously suggested people could apply for a cannabis dispensary license.

Full story after the jump.

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) is warning about potential medical cannabis program scams. The agency pointed to an ad found in a newspaper from Planted which claims Utah “is offering cannabis dispensary licenses to persons convicted of a cannabis offense.” 

Utah does not allow cannabis sales at dispensaries and medical cannabis products are only available through licensed pharmacies.

In a press release, Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Medical Cannabis Division Director, Dr. Brandon Forsyth said that “any offers stating that individuals can create their own dispensaries are false and considered scams.” 

“It has been brought to our attention that there is a scam, or potentially multiple scams, being shared throughout the state making false claims that the individuals may be eligible to open their own cannabis dispensary.” — Forsyth in a statement 

The UDAF is urging residents not to call any numbers or visit any websites associated with the ads and to contact UDAF officials if they come across any similar ads with the fake claims.  

The Planted website listed on the ad does not contain any additional information. The website includes the same text used in the Utah ad along with a short questionnaire. The phone number included on the website has an Idaho area code and is different from the phone number featured in the Utah ad.    

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