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Ontario ‘getting shanked’ on pot money, city manager says

Ontario City Hall

ONTARIO – City elected leaders want the state to change the formula for how much money Ontario receives from marijuana sales.

City officials requested “immediate intervention” to amend the formula in a Jan. 9 letter to the House Interim Committee on Revenue, Gov. Kate Brown, Sen. Peter Courtney (D-Salem), Sen. Lynn Findley (R-Vale) and House Speaker Rep. Tina Kotek (D-Portland).

“The city is totally getting shanked,” said Adam Brown, Ontario city manager.

Marijuana is big business in Ontario, generating more than $3.2 million a month in revenue, or about $105,000 a day. The marijuana business translates into about 500 trips a day – mostly from Idaho - into the city, said Brown.

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