Ontario pro-pot group closes in on ballot initiative

MalheurCAN!, an Ontario pro-marijuana group, turned in 1,860 petition signatures Monday to place an initiative on the November ballot to lift the city's ban on recreational marijuana sales. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – The local group leading the push to lift a ban on recreational marijuana sales took a big step forward earlier this week when it turned in signatures to place an initiative on the November ballot.

Tori Barnett, Ontario city recorder, said that MalheurCAN!, a pro-marijuana group created by resident Jim Forrester, handed in 1,860 signatures Monday. MalheurCAN! needs 825 signatures of registered voters to get its measure on the ballot.

Barnett said the Malheur County Clerk’s Office has 15 days to verify the signatures – a task that must be completed by Tuesday, Aug. 7.

If enough are . . .