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Huntington’s Cannabis Connection

Customers line up outside Hotbox Farms, a retail marijuana store in Huntington before it opens. (The Enterprise/Jayme Fraser)

HUNTINGTON – Marijuana has become the largest business in this remote Oregon community.

Its two retailers of recreational marijuana last year logged 370,000 transactions worth $14 million, according to state regulators.

They will shred that number in 2018. So far, sales have totaled $12.6 million, with months to go.

That success is helping motivate campaigns in Malheur County to reverse the ban on such sales.

A measure is headed for the November ballot to legalize recreational marijuana sales in Ontario. Petitioners hope to do the same for rural areas of Malheur County.

During this spring’s debate over an Ontario sales tax, marijuana enthusiasts promoted legalization as a way . . .