Friday, July 9, 2010

Hundreds buying MMJ with forged paperwork

Posted By on Fri, Jul 9, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Denver's 9NEWS is reporting that it's "uncovered evidence that hundreds of people are buying medical marijuana with forged or fraudulent paperwork and the state of Colorado can do little to stop the fraud."

The report says that a two-month-long investigation has revealed people are forging signatures and posing as physicians, while some physicians with restricted medical licenses are issue MMJ recommendations.

Dr. Phil Nguyen
  • Happy Clinic Denver
  • Dr. Phil Nguyen

Experts say the forgery and fraud is happening because the state has a huge backlog of applications and cannot examine the documents quickly or carefully enough.

"You can see how that opens up a Pandora's box because patients can just kind of fake paperwork and say they've been to a doctor or whatever and use that to get into the dispensaries," Doctor Phil Nguyen of Happy Clinic Denver said. "They're not legal. It's just some willy-nilly person out there writing all these fake documents."

Nguyen is one of five doctors 9Wants to Know interviewed who has had their signatures copied or forged. Nguyen has seen at least 15 medical marijuana applications from patients he has never examined, yet each has his signature on them.

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