CRA Issues Warning to Licensed Cannabis Operators in Michigan About Recent Scam

March 8th, 2024 Legal & Crime
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The Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CRA) has issued an alert to Michigan's licensed cannabis businesses regarding a recent scam targeting the industry. A licensed business reported being contacted by someone falsely claiming to be a CRA representative. This individual demanded immediate payment of licensing fees with the threat of license revocation.

The CRA emphasizes that official communications will only be sent through the Accela platform or from a email address. They also clarified that the agency does not make phone calls to collect fee payments and does not accept alternative payment methods, such as Bitcoin.

Businesses are advised to instruct their staff to confirm the legitimacy of any communications purportedly from the CRA with a manager or owner before proceeding with any payments. Additionally, the CRA highlights the requirement for licensees and applicants to report to both the CRA and local law enforcement within 24 hours upon becoming aware of any theft, loss of product, or criminal activity at their facilities.

The CRA urges those who encounter or suspect fraudulent activities related to these incidents to report them through the agency's online reporting form and to contact local law enforcement. For further inquiries or concerns, the CRA's Field Operations Section can be reached at [email protected].

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