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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) – Need weed? Well in the event you do, there’s a hint on Back Beach Road near the Exxon gas station by the Publix grocery store that reads call the number listed to set up an office visit to get a fee of $199.

“Legal Dope” and “Need Weed” signs have popped up in Bay County. We phoned the number and after being asked if we were over the age of 18, if we were a Florida resident, and if we suffer from a chronic illness or everyday impairment that’s medically diagnosed, we were subsequently linked with a representative together with the compliance section of an organization called the Florida Compassionate Use.

The representative told us thanks to the hints, they’re receiving lots of calls.

“We’re finding out more about the signs as individuals are calling in and saying, ‘Hey, I saw a hint here,’ or ‘Hey, I saw a hint there.’ We figured out folks are placing signs up that say free bud which is a bit hard to consume on our end since you can picture just how so many people are calling in saying, ‘I need free weed,’ which actually isn’t what it is. It is medical cannabis,” said a representative named Jessie. He wouldn’t give us his last name.
An Exxon employee was not content the sign was so close to his workplace. He doesn’t want folks to get the wrong idea.

“I would believe they believe I’m selling something inside the store, which we are not. I would need to phone that number and question them to come and get their sign,” said Andrew Peipert, a cashier at Exxon.

The representative from the Florida Compassionate Use told us that after you give your zip code to them they’ll set you in touch with a physician close to you personally. Again, for that’s only to begin the membership process, to not actually receive any bud, and a fee of $199.

According to the Medical Cannabis Treatment Clinics of Florida, this can be all a scam. Their marketing coordinator reached out to us and told us that these signs are encouraging individuals to fall for the scam. They went to tell us that they can’t find out who is responsible for the signs, but they appear to be everywhere. They hope whoever is putting up the signs shut down and will be fined.

“From what we could tell, the group behind the signs arrange to get your driver’s license and charge card information, then tell you you are enrolled with the state of Florida.

There are a significant few more steps than that to getting an actual medical marijuana card, including but not limited to developing a three-month relationship having a specially trained doctor, being clinically determined to have a qualifying illness by at least two physicians, filling out as well as filing paperwork with the state for enrollment, and receiving a prescription—which can subsequently only be filled at one of the seven legal dispensaries in Florida.

I desired to warn you in regards to the scam personally, and encourage you to spread the word that telephoning the number is dangerous and inefficient, and that police are actively attempting to quit it,” said Emily Jones, advertising coordinator of Medical Cannabis Treatment Practices of Florida.