Ontario voters approve measure to lift ban on marijuana sales

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Legal marijuana for purchase will be under an hour away for folks in the Treasure Valley.

On Tuesday, voters in Ontario approved a measure to lift its ban that allowed businesses to sell marijuana. Proponents received 1,904 yes votes compared to 1,450 no votes. The city will now collect 3 percent on marijuana sales.

The proposed ordinance establishes 1,000-foot buffer zones between each marijuana shop as well as schools, parks and homes.

Residents in the Treasure Valley used to have to drive to Huntington, Ore., (84 miles) to purchase legal weed. It's now down to about 57 miles coming from Boise.

While it may be legal to purchase pot in Ontario or anywhere else in the state, it's still illegal to bring said purchase back into the Gem State.

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