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“If they have to be in Ward 5, then all the dispensaries shouldn’t be in Ward 5,” Mr. Orange added. “The ward should not have to bear the burden of the entire program.”

Mr. Orange, who has lived in the ward for about 30 years, was scheduled to host a Ward 5 leadership meeting at a Northeast church on Monday night to talk about the upcoming special election and “what has occurred and where we are going.”

“I think it’s an opportunity for the people of Ward 5 to exhale,” he said.