EDITORIAL: As sides line up on marijuana, let civility rule day

Ontario appears headed for another divisive political season. Forces that want marijuana to be sold for personal recreation have won a spot on the November ballot. And local citizens adamantly opposed to open sale are ramping up to see that doesn’t happen.

The target is the ban on sales imposed by the Ontario City Council in 2015. The council fenced off the community from retail sales, carving out an exception to the state vote that made such sales legal. That prohibition was reinforced a year later when races for council seats focused in part on who was and wasn’t in favor of the ban.

And we’ll likely know this week whether a companion effort to open up marijuana sales in rural parts of the county succeeds. If repealing the ban gets on the county ballot, no voters in the area will escape . . .