Race is on to get first marijuana licenses in Ontario

Steven Meland (left) signs his name in line for a marijuana license at the city Community Development Center in Ontario. 

ONTARIO - Jeremy Archie spent the wee hours of Friday morning outside the Community Development office, waiting to turn in his application for the few coveted marijuana dispensary permits in Ontario.

“I did not realize people were going to be lining up this early,” said Archie, a resident of Portland. “I just came back into town after Election Day to get my pieces in order and see if anybody was out here. I definitely wasn’t planning on being out here for this long. But I’m not going anyway until I get my application turned in.’’

On Friday at 6:30 a.m., Dan Cummings, the city community development director, opened the doors of his office to bring order to . . .