Missouri’s health department is investigating the source of roughly 600 fraudulent medical marijuana certificates in the state.

However, it doesn’t look like people have been going to back alleys to collect fake rec cards. Instead, it appears that someone has been telling people he can issue them completely legitimate certifications, but handing out bogus ones instead.

As of yet, “there is no evidence to indicate the affected patients were aware the physician listed was not the physician who met with them,” according to an announcement from the Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services.

The problem was that “the physician certification for these patients was not valid.”

Apparently, even the physician involved was duped by a third party, signing certificates they thought were the genuine article.

There is “no indication that this physician was involved in any way,” agency spokesperson Lisa Cox told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. “Just an innocent victim, really,” she added.

The agency says that all patients who received a fake medical marijuana certificate have been notified. They have thirty days to get a legit recommendation or their license will be revoked. In that case, the state will refund them for their registration fee.

“Through our many types of regulatory efforts, we remain watchful for any wrongdoing in order to protect Missourians,” Dr. Randall Williams, director of the Department of Health and Senior Services said in the announcement.

“Our main concern is how this fraudulent activity negatively affects patients, and we are working to minimize the impact on them while also holding accountable those who are responsible.” 

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