SALT LAKE CITY — A new scam making the rounds appears to target Utahns with a unique business proposition: opening your own cannabis dispensary franchise.
The catch? Utah’s Medical Cannabis Program did not send the mailers, and only already-approved pharmacies can dispense medical, not recreational, marijuana in the state.
Cannabis scam mailers arrive in Utah mailboxes
Dr. Brandon Forsyth heads up the medical cannabis division for the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food. He says the mailers look like the type of advertisement you might receive to entice you to purchase a fast-food franchise. However, as recreational cannabis shops remain illegal in Utah, the ads are a scam.
“It’s claiming to be coming from the state, and that we’re giving out licenses for dispensaries and that’s not the case,” Forsyth said. “We have pharmacies only in the state – we don’t have recreational dispensaries. And we certainly aren’t giving out any more licenses for pharmacies, either.”