LAS CRUCES – Las Cruces city councilors passed an ordinance Monday to decide where cannabis businesses will be allowed to set up shop around town. The result is a set of zoning rules weaving cannabis into the city’s existing business, agricultural and industrial areas — with some specific conditions.
The ordinance was passed with a 6-1 vote. Mayor Ken Miyagishima, who has broadly opposed the legalization of adult-use cannabis, voted no. The mayor also voted no on each individual amendment tweaking rules such as buffer distances, definitions and allowance of consumption.
Some councilors, who advocated for a less restrictive zoning ordinance, still praised the city’s final regulations, which are set to be less restrictive than some other places across the state.
“I think this is one of the most competitive environments we’re going to create for this industry,” said District 3 Councilor Gabe Vasquez. “To create jobs and hopefully to have New Mexicans owning a piece of this industry.”