A Great Reason For Aliens To Visit? Roswell NM OKs first recreational cannabis businesses !
The Roswell City Council on Thursday approved the first two applicants for recreational cannabis sales in the city but failed to pass an ordinance streamlining the process for medical dispensaries that have the proper licensing from the state. The council approved by votes of 7-2 the zoning cases of Pecos Valley Productions and Ultra Health to operate retail cannabis establishments at 313 W. Country Club Road and 2800 N. Main St., respectively, during its meeting Thursday night. They are the first businesses allowed to sell recreational marijuana within the city limits since it became legal to do so in New Mexico on April 1. Pecos Valley received in April a conditional use permit from Chaves County to sell both medical and recreational marijuana at a former dairy at 5104 S. Main St., but the company is building out the site for retail operations and has not yet begun sales there. In both cases Thursday, Councilors Robert Corn, Cristina Arnold, Juan Oropesa, Jeanine Corn-Best, Jason Perry, Juliana Halvorson and Edward Heldenbrand voted to approve, while Councilors Savino Sanchez and Angela Moore voted against. Councilor Barry Foster was absent. Perry, who has spoken in past meetings about his personal opposition to the legalization of the drug, said his vote was in accordance with the quasi-judicial role councilors were advised by City Attorney Parker Patterson they have when conducting hearings such as zoning cases. “My vote yes is not because I enjoy the thought of having recreational in our community, but it’s that in a quasi-judicial I am required to vote according to the testimony and to the laws that are currently there. That’s the oath I took,” he said. “I believe we have a process that will work and I have to stand behind the process which we’ve put in place,” he…
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