“or call 1-844-My-Marijuana today!”


A reader writes:

“This was stuck in my front door in Truxton Circle. This seems like a total scam. What say you and your readers?”

Ed. Note: Their website says:

“Our mission is to provide safe, legal and affordable access to medical marijuana for DC residents suffering from chronic illnesses. We serve as advocates for those seeking treatment with medical marijuana and work closely with our customers, medical providers, dispensaries and the DC Department of Health to ensure our clients receive the most discreet and dignified care possible. Entrance into our program grants clients access to a physician who may recommend medical marijuana.”

Good folks? Good business folks? Something else?

23 Comment

  • It looks like it’s just someone trying to cash in on medical marijuana in the District. Though it looks suspiciously official, it definitely isn’t.

    • I Dont Get It

      Yes I think it is a flaw in my cell or provider that it assumed that since I was dialing such a long number I was ordering a bride or something. I didn’t enter 011. We used to test new switches by randomly calling numbers and then hanging up ( usually a McDonald’s or something). One time someone did a *69 on us and a quick thinking engineer answered “Verizon.” We weren’t Verizon…

    • Suspiciously official? I’m not sure what looks official about it. It looks entirely like a private promotion by a private company.

  • ledroittiger

    Like most of these things, you probably call to set up an appointment with a physician for a couple hundred dollars and then the guy writes you a script.

    • Yeah, that’s basically the gist. Stuff like this is everywhere in California. It is “official” in that it gets some (questionable) Dr. to write you an “official” prescription.

    • But the list of qualifying medical conditions in DC is pretty limited. This isn’t CA, where you can just say migraines or back pains or whatever. I just looked them up: Compensated cirrhosis, Lou Gehrig’s disease, Cachexia or wasting syndrome, Alzheimer’s Disease, seizure disorders, HIV/AIDS, glaucoma, cancer, or severe muscle spasms don’t strike me as things you can pay someone to diagnose.

      • A friend has one for anxiety, so I don’t know if he just got lucky or if they’ve opened it up, but he showed me the card.

      • The list of qualifying medical conditions was opened up pretty aggressively last year i think.

        • Correct – as of last summer any condition qualifies with a doctor’s recommendation.

          Not sure in what way this would be a scam. They know who the pot-friendly docs are and they will connect people who don’t know who the pot-friendly docs are with said docs. Where is the scam?

      • I so wish I could post the “O RLY?” gif.

  • It’s legitimate. What many people didn’t realize was that last year, the set of listed conditions expanded and the rules as to the evidence required for the script were weakened. Effectively, one can simply go to a doctor, ask for one, and one will have access to the system. This kind of stuff, if done correctly, is 100% legitimate, much moreso than in CA, where one actually is committing a crime (or so say the people who know the system better than I do).

    Now, amid the current cannabis shortage (which resulted when they opened the system, as we talked about in past posts about the medical system in DC), don’t go out and sign up for the fun of it because Congress won’t let the Council pass the recreational retail regulations. Taking medicine away from people with HIV, cancer, MS, and other nasty diseases is pretty horrible.

  • I Dont Get It

    Do not try to call that number! Since it looked suspiciously long, as a former phone guy, I dialed it and it started to route me to Vietnam (Country code 84).

    I tried to access the website from my work PC and the Websense filter blocked it for “Adult Content.” LOL

    • Ahh, very sneaky on their part! Now that tollfree numbers have gone beyond 1-800 to 1-888, 1-877, etc., I guess they figured “844” would look perfectly plausible.

      • It seems “844” actually IS a legitimate tollfree prefix: “Toll free numbers are numbers that begin with one of the following three-digit codes: 800, 888, 877, 866, 855 or 844.”

        • I Dont Get It

          Yes 844 is a legit toll free number. I think there is a flaw with my mobile or provider that assumed since I put in such a long number I wanted to order a bride even though I didn’t enter 011 for International.

          When we used to test new switches we would randomly dial local, in-state, long distance and International numbers and then hang up after making a connection. Usually it was a McDonald’s or something but one time someone did a *69 on us and called us back. A quick thinking engineer answered with “Verizon, may I help you?” Obviously we weren’t Verizon. Telecomm…always a good time!

    • I Dont Get It

      1. I live in DC, I work in DC and it’s legal in DC so why not? How is this different than accessing CIGNA to find a DR?
      2. I know most of InfoSec and believe me they are too busy to monitor what employees are doing.

  • This is totally legitimate. I used them to get my card. They just put you in touch with a doctor that is registered to prescribe marijuana. Most doctors are not registered, so they are just a middle man making that simple connection for folks.

    • Echoing Matt. Think of them as a mini-CRO. You pay a fee of about $125 and they set you up with a doctor who will give you a scrip. Then you go to the dispensary and pick up. If you’re on the fence about whether to patron them, I believe it is a minority woman owned local business.

    • Hey Matt! Thanks for clearing that up! This is Jenna. Either me or Shawnta probably saw you in the doctor office. Hope all is well!

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