Community-Focused Medical Marijuana Collective Fighting Potential Closure in Mentone, CA

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As Mentone tries to shut their doors, the D&R Medical Collective still seeks to work with city leaders to find a way to provide the community with legal medical marijuana

We anticipate that evidence of widespread support locally and in surrounding areas will help us come to an agreement with the city that will be beneficial for all.

Just a few weeks ago, the owners of D&R Medical Collective were deeply disappointed to hear that they may be forced to close their doors. They had chosen the beautiful San Bernardino community of Mentone specifically because of the lack of affordable health-care options for the critically ill in the surrounding area.

As a family-centered operation that places patients’ well being above all other considerations, including financial gain, the owners of D&R Medical Collective sought to work with community leaders in order to become a valuable resource in Mentone and its neighbors. Their concept was simple: start with a primary directive of providing medical cannabis to critically ill residents, and continue by creating a revenue source for a city in the grip of financial difficulty.

Although the D&R Medical Collective was a legitimate, tax-paying, law-abiding medical enterprise, the community leaders are looking to force them to close their doors and cease providing safe access to medical cannabis to its members, just like another Mentone dispensary: Although saddened, the owners are undaunted by recent events, and actively seek to find common ground with the community leaders who do not represent the will of the residents.

The Collective’s owners recognize the necessity for a set of strict regulations to operate lawfully within Mentone, and has hired attorney Christopher Glew to author a draft regulation proposal. This proposal includes a suggestion for a 2% city tax and a $20,000 annual licensing fee requirement for any medical cannabis providers wanting to operate in Mentone. The proposal by D&R Medical Collective and attorney Mr. Glew also includes recommendations for open accounting practices, strict entry rules, specific hours of operation and full cooperation with law enforcement. In addition, they encourage and will welcome any regulation suggestions from city leaders.

“The owners and I are searching for supporters of access to legal medical marijuana and D&R Medical Collective, and asking them to visit the website to sign the collective’s petition,” Mr. Glew said. “We anticipate that evidence of widespread support locally and in surrounding areas will help us come to an agreement with the city that will be beneficial for all.”

To sign the petition and for more information about D&R Medical Collective, please visit their website or email info(at)DRMedicalCollective(dot)com.

For more information on attorney Christopher M. Glew, the Law Offices of Glew & Kim and to read Mr. Glew’s blog, please visit or call (866) 648-0004 for a free case analysis.

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