Online Medical Marijuana Scams: 420Evaluations and MMJDoctorOnline
Do you live in the state of California and want to use medical marijuana to treat a medical condition such as chronic pain, anxiety, IBS, or the side effects of cancer treatments? Medical marijuana use is legal in California with a state-issued ID card provided by a licensed physician. This card allows patients to purchase marijuana from any approved dispensary in the state. It also allows them to grow marijuana in their own homes for personal medical use.
The good news is that obtaining your state-issued ID card is easy and efficient. In fact, it can even be done from the comfort of your own home by visiting an online site such as MMJDoctor.com. When you visit a legitimate site such as ours, you get knowledgeable customer service from an experienced team and a recommendation from a state-licensed physician. In addition, you get service after your recommendation in the form of law enforcement protection, a replacement recommendation, and more.
The bad news is that many unscrupulous sites have sprung up to take advantage of those who want to use medical marijuana in their treatment plan. These sites, such as 420Evaluations and MMJDoctorOnline purposefully choose names for their sites that are similar to legitimate sites in the attempt to scam customers. These sites do no have licensed physicians who work for them and the cards they issue are fake.
If you live in California and want to obtain your legal ID card so you can purchase medical marijuana, it’s imperative that you know how to spot a scam. Here are some red flags to watch out for.
There is No Physician On Staff
Online medical marijuana clinics must have a board-certified physician on staff who provides the recommendation that leads to an ID card. If the recommendation is issued by anyone other than a certified physician, it is invalid. Whether you obtain your recommendation in person at a clinic or online at a site such as MMJDoctor.com, you must be evaluated by a licensed physician. This includes being evaluated (either in person or having your symptoms and possible medical records evaluated) and getting your actual medical marijuana recommendation.
When you work with a board-certified physician to obtain your legal ID card, you know you are working with a professional who is in accordance with county and state regulations that are mandated under the medical marijuana laws of California. Not only will this ensure that your ID card is valid at any legal dispensary and with any law enforcement professionals, but it will also give you peace of mind that you have a knowledgeable expert on your side. Your medical marijuana doctor should not only provide you with a valid recommendation, but he or she should also act as a guide in your medical marijuana treatment. This involves answering questions and providing service after you receive your recommendation and subsequent ID card.
Scam sites like MMJDoctorOnline and 420Evaluations do not have licensed physicians on staff. This means the advice they give (if any) may not be accurate or safe. It also means that any recommendations they offer or ID cards they issue will not be valid in the eyes of the law. They may not be accepted at legal dispensaries and, if law enforcement attempts to detain you, you may be in violation of the law.
Many scam sites employ physicians assistants instead of licensed physicians in their clinics. These assistants are the ones who perform any gathering of information, evaluations, and subsequent recommendations. These are not legal. Recommendations and evaluations can only legally be performed by board-licensed physicians in the state of California when it comes to medical marijuana.
They Provide No Ongoing Service
Our licensed physicians at MMJDoctor are committed to helping our patients utilize medical marijuana in their treatment programs to ease pain and anxiety and help achieve a better quality of life. This means we do not just issue recommendations and cards, it means we also provide continued service on your medical marijuana journey. This includes a free protection package that includes replacement medical marijuana recommendations, law enforcement protection, replacement of your ID card, copies of your medical marijuana records, court documentation evaluation, medical marijuana subpoena processing, and any subsequent visits.
Scam sites such as 420 Evaluations and MMJDoctorOnline are not interested in helping patients with their medical marijuana treatment plans. They are only interested in getting your money when you order one of their fake ID cards. When you visit the site, try asking the customer service representatives questions and see how they are answered. Are they pushing for the sale or do they truly seem to be interested in providing information? Ask them if you can get in touch with them after you receive your ID card in case you have questions or problems with law enforcement. Pay close attention to how they respond to your requests as you will usually see red flags from scam sites.
They ‘Prescribe’ Medical Marijuana
Marijuana, even for medical purposes, is still considered a Schedule 1 drug. This means it may not be legally prescribed by any medical marijuana or other doctor. Your licensed medical marijuana physician may only recommend that you use marijuana in your treatment plan and approve your state-issued ID card. Scam sites such as MMJDoctorOnline and 420Evaluations use language that includes the word ‘prescribe’. If you hear that word, it’s a good sign that you are not working with a legitimate site and should go elsewhere.
It’s imperative that you work with a legitimate medical marijuana clinic when using marijuana in your treatment plan. While it’s convenient in the state of California to go online to get your state-issued ID card, patients should be aware of scam sites such as 420Evaluations and MMJDoctorOnline that have recently cropped up to take advantage of them. If you have questions about what conditions qualify for treatment with medical marijuana or if you’d like to obtain your legal ID card online, please visit our website.