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In Grants Pass, life with legal marijuana explored as Ontario votes

Diamond Cannabis sits on a prime corner of downtown in Grants Pass, which said OK to retail pot three years ago. (File/Grants Pass Daily Courier)

GRANTS PASS -- Three years after recreational marijuana became legal in Grants Pass, community leaders of the former timber town say that residents are more accepting of its presence but the black market hasn’t gone away.

School officials also report that children’s access to marijuana has increased as they’ve encountered more instances of students bringing pot to campus.

Grant Pass’ experience could foreshadow life in Ontario if voters approve a repeal of the local ban. A measure doing so is before voters on the Nov. 6 ballot.

Unlike many western Oregon cities, Grants Pass is overwhelmingly conservative in its politics and traditionally elects Republicans at all levels of government, despite having . . .