‘A different kind of pothole’: Local leader talks about pot impacts at state meeting, what’s next for city

This image shows the front page of a slideshow, which Dan Cummings, director, Ontario Community Development, presented by request at a recent meeting of Southeast Area Committee on Transportation.

ONTARIO — Dan Cummings, director for Ontario’s Community Development Center, was asked to give a presentation during a recent Southeast Area Committee on Transportation meeting regarding the effects of marijuana on the city since it’s been legal in Ontario.

His presentation, entitled “Marijuana from A to Z in Ontario: A different kind of pothole,” explained everything from the state’s recreational legalization in 2015 to the steps taken by the city after voters overturned its ban in 2018, including writing ordinances for the governing of it.

This included that four facilities were already permitted by the City of Ontario, with three being open and the fourth, Top Crop, still waiting on state licensing.

The city hasn’t completely approved other dispensaries, however there are two future prospects that are actively working toward that.

This includes Seven Ten Split, a dispensary slated to open in the former Sunset Lanes bowling alley, which is still under construction, and Treasure Valley Cannabis Company.

The city is reviewing plans for the latter, for which the owner Jeremy Archie has been “cleaning up the site,” according to Cummings.

He’s already reviewed Archie’s plans as far as site work and building locations, Cummings said, adding that public works and engineers have all signed off on it, too. Cummings said the building and fire departments are doing their final reviews this week.

Depending on how things progress, Cummings says he could pull their foundation permit this week “or they might be able to get their whole building permit this week,” he said. “One or the other.”

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