US (MS): "Scammers are looking to take advantage of the new medical cannabis industry"

It’s been almost a full year since the sale of medical cannabis was approved in Mississippi. Although the product still isn’t available for purchase, some patients who need the treatment are discovering the complications of the process of obtaining a medical cannabis card. Scammers are also looking to take advantage of the new industry.

The medical cannabis program in Mississippi requires patients have at least one of the listed qualifying conditions to purchase the product. Long Beach resident Tommy Goldman suffers from multiple conditions needed for treatment.

“I have chronic pain in my knees, and I’ve been diagnosed recently with Parkinson’s,” said Goldman. In May, Kevin Webster, the owner of the group Ride to Wellness, said in a WLOX report he would help patients like Tommy Goldman through the process of getting medical cannabis for a fee of $199.

In September, Goldman took Webster up on his offer. After paying over the phone, he says Webster told him to meet at a Gulfport hotel to fill out the needed paperwork for a medical cannabis card. When Goldman got there, no one representing Ride to Wellness was to be found, and his attempts to reach Webster have been unsuccessful. “I tried calling him and haven’t heard anything from him since I gave him the money,” said Goldman.

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