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Spokane marijuana mogul sets sights on Ontario

ONTARIO – The Spokane man trying to open the Ontario community to retail marijuana sales has built a multimillion-dollar business in Washington state and is expanding into his native Iowa.

Ontario city officials last week cleared the way for Tate T. Kapple to begin gathering signatures to force a November vote on whether to repeal the local ban on marijuana sales.

A competing measure crafted by local residents also would repeal the ban, but by early this week city officials had not approved it for signatures.

While voters statewide approved marijuana sales in 2014, Ontario strongly voted against the measure, and the Ontario City Council the following year formally instituted a ban on dispensaries. City records show Kapple testified at a public hearing in 2015 on the matter, urging the city not to impose the ban.

Kapple’s proposed . . .