Voter decision on marijuana seen setting Ontario’s future

Incumbent Mayor Ron Verini discusses the upcoming November election at the Veteran Advocates of Ore-Ida in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – An initiative to allow retail sales of marijuana in Ontario is the central issue in the upcoming election and could set the course for Ontario into the next decade.

That was the opinion of four local officials as city voters began returning ballots.

Mayor Ron Verini, who will step down from his post Jan. 1, said the election is important.  

 “I think the only other election I would say was probably as important, or even a bit more important, was the 1 percent sales tax,” said Verini.

John Breidenbach, president and chief executive officer of the Ontario Chamber of Commerce, agreed.

“This election is vital to our community and what . . .