UPDATED RESULTS: Voters approve Ontario ballot measures on marijuana, rec district

Community members gather at Second & Vine Bistro in Ontario to monitor election results as the numbers roll in. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO -- Voters on Tuesday approved both local ballot measures, one that repeals the city’s ban on marijuana sales and another that forms independent recreation district.

As of 11:15 p.m., 1,501 voters had supported the marijuana sales measure and 1,256 opposed it. When the first tally was released two hours earlier, supporters held the lead by just 26 votes.

Steven Meland, co-owner of Hotbox Farms dispensary in Huntington, said the initial results had surprised him. He did not expect the result would be so narrow.

“From the cannabis side of things, we’re a nervous bunch,” he said shortly after 9 p.m . . .