Monday, August 17, 2009

Cal Med 420 In Chino is Legal, According to Officials

Medical marijuana referral site apparently not violating moratorium

Lori Consalvo, Staff Writer
Created: 08/14/2009 05:22:39 PM PDT

CHINO - A medical marijuana referral business in the unincorporated area
near the city has caught the eye of a local anti-drug coalition.

But officials in San Bernardino County said as long as the business is
not dispensing medical marijuana, it is not breaking any laws.

The Inland Valley Drug Free Community Coalition received an anonymous
tip about CalMed 420 at 3757 Riverside Drive, and alerted Chino
officials after a number of medical marijuana dispensaries popped up in
local areas lately, Roger Anderson, volunteer coalition chairman, said.

Their goal, Anderson said, is to "clean out San Bernardino and Riverside
counties of those rogue dispensaries. "

He added, "Cities don't always know what's operating in their city."

Chino officials informed the coalition that, based on the location, the
county is responsible for it.

A moratorium on any new pot dispensaries within the county was put into
place about 45 days ago, David Wert, the county's public information
officer, said. However, the business appears to be a referral site.

"The moratorium would be on a business that actually has marijuana (on
site)," he said. "Referrals don't pose the same kind of threat. If it's
just a guy that sends out referrals, answers calls and talks to people,
those kind of problems aren't there."

Wert said code enforcement and the Sheriff's Department will check on
the business to see what they are doing.

CalMed 420 is only open for six hours Monday and Thursday. The internal
medicine clinic advertises medical marijuana evaluations, addiction
treatment, detoxification and alternative medicine.

lori.consalvo@ inlandnewspapers .com
(909) 483-9378

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