EUNICE — Within 30 days, the City of Eunice will join other communities around New Mexico getting used to having legal marijuana sales inside the city.
With little discussion, the Eunice City Council this week formalized an ordinance to regulate, insofar as the community is allowed by state law, the “possession, cultivation, manufacture and sale of cannabis.”
The state’s Cannabis Regulation Act of 2021 allows local communities to develop rules regarding time, place and manner of sales, reasonably limiting density of licenses, permissible consumption areas and operating hours.
“The city can regulate that,” City Attorney Tommy Parker told councilors at the Monday meeting of the city council. “You can’t regulate whether they can come in and do business here.”
For its second and final reading, Parker presented the draft ordinance, noting the difference between cannabis growers and dispensaries where the city is concerned.
“The ordinance is ready to implement and as soon as it goes into effect, the city will be in a position to start