Pubdate: Mon, 8 Nov 2010
Source: San Bernardino Sun (CA)
Copyright: 2010 Los Angeles Newspaper Group
Author: Jesse B. Gill


Despite Moratorium, Collective Still Offers Medical Marijuana

MENTONE - A marijuana collective is still operating here despite a 
county moratorium, but county officials had little to say Monday 
about enforcement plans.

Mentone Patients Association, which provides medical marijuana to 
about 30 patients per day, opened in late summer. The collective's 
members grow marijuana for one another.

San Bernardino County has a moratorium on marijuana dispensaries and 
collectives in its unincorporated regions - like Mentone.

In September, San Bernardino County spokesman David Wert said Mentone 
Patients Association could be subject to fines for violating the moratorium.

However, Wert said Monday that he did not know if county code 
enforcement had visited the site.

Phone messages left Monday for county code-enforcement officials were 
not returned.

A phone call to the collective was answered by a receptionist, who 
refused to comment or to put owner Shannon Troncoso on the phone. The 
receptionist, who would not give her name, did confirm that the 
collective was still open and operating. 
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