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Pot shop hopefuls lining up in Ontario, Oregon

They're lining up at Ontario's Community Development Center for first come, first serve applications to operate retail pot shops -- if voters in Ontario overturn a ban on such businesses Tuesday. (CBS 2 photo)

One election closely watched in the Treasure Valley is a ballot initiative to legalize recreational marijuana sales in Ontario, Oregon. And people who see a business opportunity are literally standing in line for the chance.

Nobody in line wanted to talk to us on camera. Some didn't even want to show their faces.

Some are from legal retail marijuana shops elswhere in Oregon, which are paying employees for this around-the-clock presence.

They're lining up at Ontario's Community Development Center (where applications would be taken), pitching tents, for first come, first serve applications to operate retail pot shops -- if voters in Ontario overturn a ban on such businesses Tuesday.

"It's not lost on anyone that they're right next to Idaho where it's illegal," said Adam Brown, Ontario city manager, "so this would open up a market much bigger than Ontario."

The number of business licenses in town would be limited because space would be restricted.

The proposed ordinance establishes 1000-foot buffer zones between each marijuana shop as well as schools, parks and homes.

Of course, if city voters reject legalizing pot, all of this is a moot point.

But if legalization passes, applications would be accepted starting Jan. 2.

That would be a long time to wait, but those we talked to say they're ready and willing.

If the initiative does pass, the city is considering handing out place holding cards to those waiting in line so there won't be a continuous campground for two months.

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