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Ontario residents get chance to speak out about local marijuana regulations

Marijuana ad hoc committee members discuss recommendations for governing future medical and recreational marijuana operations in Ontario. The proposed city ordinances would take effect if Ontario voters choose to legalize marijuana in November. (File/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO — Buying legal marijuana inside Ontario city limits is closer to reality than ever.

Voters soon will get ballots that include a measure to repeal the ban on recreational marijuana sales in Ontario. Even if voters approve the measure Nov. 6, a ban would remain in place for the rest of Malheur County.

Ahead of the vote, Ontario city officials are crafting regulations to control the marijuana business if it does come to town. The rules would govern where dispensaries could set up and how they could operate

The public gets its first crack at those regulations next week in a hearing scheduled . . .