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N.M. City Considers Lifting Buffer Rules for Cannabis Shops

Community members offered mixed reactions to the proposed changes.

Las Cruces, New Mexico is considering lifting a city ordinance that seeks to space out cannabis businesses.

The current rule dictates that cannabis shops have to be at least 300 feet away from other cannabis businesses and residential neighborhoods.

According to CBS4, a common refrain among potential cannabis businesses is that it's tough to find locations that meet those requirements.

The Las Cruces City Council plans to vote on removing the ordinance despite pushback from the mayor.

"I'm not supportive of this, this is something that the city brought forth," said Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima.

Miyagishima said he could be OK with easing restrictions between businesses but does not support placing cannabis businesses closer to neighborhoods.

Some community members supported keeping the ordinance while others said ditching it could help the industry grow.

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