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In Ontario, it’s cash and controversy over donation

The Ontario real estate firm operated by Marty Justus was used to move money from a marijuana entrepreneur to city officials as a donation for a local park. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

UPDATE: This story was updated to reflect new information from the Oregon Liquor Control Commission regarding Hotbox Farms.

ONTARIO – The community group erecting Ontario’s splash pad park is considering returning one of its major donations to erase any connection to one of the region’s largest marijuana operations.

“It would be inappropriate to brand the project with any businesses that cannot legally serve youth,” said Friends of the Aquatic Center in a statement Friday.

The $25,000 donation earlier this year was given in the name of Hotbox Farms LLC, which runs a retail marijuana operation in nearby Huntington. The donation tied for the . . .