MESILLA – A cannabis dispensary may soon join the mix of restaurants, jewelry stores, souvenir shops and other businesses near Mesilla’s historic plaza.
On Monday, the town’s Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved its first cannabis business application. The Board of Trustees must grant its confirmation as well but there did not appear to be any issues jeopardizing passage.
Marshall McGinley, a local cattleman and business owner, was granted a municipal license to operate NM Cannabis Cowboy, a retail cannabis shop, in a small retail space on Calle de San Albino, two blocks away from the plaza.
McGinley had previously obtained the required license from New Mexico’s Cannabis Control Division, including approval of his plans for security features and cameras at the site, all of which he submitted to the commissioners along with his articles of incorporation and a letter from the property owner endorsing his application.
Commissioners acted swiftly after confirming that McGinley had met all the requirements of the state’s Cannabis Regulation Act and the town’s cannabis ordinance, which took effect in January.
There was confusion, however, over the procedure since cannabis dispensaries require not one approval but two: One for a license to operate a business in the town, and a second