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Cannabis merchants vie for land and pot permits in Ontario

One of Hotbox Farms’ potential marijuana retail locations is the former Sweet Caroline’s Cafe along East Idaho Avenue in Ontario. (The Enterprise/Kristine de Leon)

ONTARIO – Selling weed in Ontario is going to be a cash cow.

That’s one takeaway from a review of 22 applications from companies vying to join the green industry in Ontario, where residents voted to repeal the local marijuana ban during the November election. 

The applicants, who put their names forward during the days following the election, are a hungry group of marijuana entrepreneurs. 

There are Portland business owners seeking a toehold in the high desert. One applicant who crusaded hard for the repeal has his eyes on six sites. And the Washington state dispensary owner who funded the initiative has one.

The application list provided by Ontario . . .