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Building boom pushed by marijuana hits Ontario

Crews work at the site of the Burnt River Farms, a new marijuana store, in north Ontario. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

ONTARIO – The city is in the midst of an economic boom being driven by marijuana.

Several million dollars is being invested in new buildings or to remodel others. Employment by local marijuana merchants is adding up, and owners expect their payrolls to grow as business expands.

“The cannabis industry is potentially going to be the biggest employer in Ontario,” said Eric Lantz, general manager of Weedology. The green rush was triggered when city voters overturned a citywide ban on recreational marijuana in November. 

The development of the retail marijuana business is evident all around Ontario, with towering signs. None of the stores are open yet – awaiting approval from the state agency that regulates . . .