City officials have no authority to undo marijuana sales ban in Ontario, law says

John Porter of Ontario holds up two varieties of cannabis - one for medical use, one to alleviate back pain that frequently sends him to the chiropractor and the second to manage anxiety. He said supports ending Ontario’s ban on commercial cannabis sales. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

ONTARIO – As the debate continues over Ontario’s proposed sales tax, some think they have a better solution to the city’s money troubles: marijuana.

Advocates have been insistent, particularly on social media, that the city is missing a cash cow by not allowing dispensaries to open in Ontario.

They have been critical of city officials for ignoring the idea.

There’s a problem with their solution, though.

Under Oregon law, city officials can’t authorize the marijuana stores to open.

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