Las Cruces City Council Will Decide Whether Business “Speak Easy” Will Lose License Over Gifting Issue

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LAS CRUCES – The city council on Tuesday will decide whether to uphold the decision of the city’s Community Development Department to revoke the business license of a retailer which got in trouble for gifting cannabis to customers last summer. Speak Easy, a business at El Paseo Road and East Idaho Avenue which sells CBD products and cannabis-themed merchandise, got hit with a cease and desist order from the New Mexico Cannabis Control Division last July for gifting small amounts of cannabis to customers who made other purchases at the store. While it became legal for adults to possess and use cannabis in New Mexico June 29, 2021, commercial sales have not yet begun. By law, the state has until April 1 to begin commercial sales. It has already begun to issue retail and other business licenses, and final rules for retailers went into effect in December. CCD accused the store of skirting state law by giving out larger gifts of cannabis products with more expensive purchases of non-cannabis products. “Speak Easy’s practice of ‘gifting’ cannabis to customers who purchase certain items at their shop is illegal,” CCD stated in a news release announcing the cease and desist. “The exchange of money in the transaction makes it a sale, not a gift, and is therefore illegal.” https://www.lcsun-news.com/story/news/2022/01/17/las-cruces-city-council-could-revoke-license-cannabis-themed-business-speak-easy/6529588001/

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