Business & economy

New marijuana shops signal pot economy in Ontario is still going strong

Jared Williams, general manager of Elevation 2150, a dispensary in Ontario, shows one of the products his business offers. (The Enterprise/PAT CALDWELL)

ONTARIO – The retail marijuana industry in Ontario is booming.

Three years after Ontario voters repealed a ban on marijuana sales, the industry continues to grow, delivering jobs and revenues to city coffers.

“There is still a lot of growth potential,” said Steve Meland, co-owner of Hotbox Farms marijuana dispensary in Ontario. His firm was among the first to open in town.

Ontario hosts eight marijuana dispensaries now and the city has approved the construction of nine more.

The newest dispensary in town, Elevation 2150, on Southwest 4th Avenue, opened in April and another retail marijuana business, ID Holdings is scheduled to open soon. ID Holdings at 1200 S.E . . .