New marijuana shops signal pot economy in Ontario is still going strong – malheurenterprise.com

The city already hosts eight marijuana dispensaries and nine more are planned. Industry insiders say the market remains vibrant three years after city voters repealed a ban on marijuana sales.

Jared Williams, general manager of Elevation 2150, a dispensary in Ontario, shows one of the products his business offers. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – The retail marijuana industry in Ontario is booming.

Three years after Ontario voters repealed a ban on marijuana sales, the industry continues to grow, delivering jobs and revenues to city coffers.

“There is still a lot of growth potential,” said Steve Meland, co-owner of Hotbox Farms marijuana dispensary in Ontario. His firm was among the first to open in town.

Ontario hosts eight marijuana dispensaries now and the city has approved the construction of nine more.

The newest dispensary in town, Elevation 2150, on Southwest 4th Avenue, opened in April and another retail marijuana business, ID Holdings is scheduled to open soon. ID Holdings at 1200 S.E. 1st St. is 1,831 square feet and about 20% complete, according to Dan Cummings, Ontario Community Development director.

ID Holdings will be the 13th marijuana facility to open in Ontario.

At first glance, 15 retail marijuana dispensaries for 11,000 people – the population

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