Mesilla Valley Pharmacy, pictured Wednesday, April 27, 2022, is close to the New America School in downtown Las Cruces.  The pharmacy wants to sell cannabis, but on Tuesday the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission rejected the request due to the school's proximity.

Cannabis sales in pharmacies near New America school denied

LAS CRUCES – Across the street from New America Charter High School, you can purchase an alcoholic drink at Amador LIVE, and although anyone who can legally obtain prescription opioids at the pharmacy next door will not be able to purchase cannabis there , at the moment.

This is after the Las Cruces Planning and Zoning Commission lined up on Tuesday evening with concerned school officials, residents and city staff denying a request to allow Mesilla Valley Pharmacy to add cannabis to their range of healthcare products.

The pharmacy shares the wall space with the New America School. While it currently dispenses prescription drugs to eligible patients along with the sale of cannabidiol (CBD) products, the zoning commissioners decided at a public meeting on April 26 that the sale of legal THC-based products within the pharmacy it had gone too far, following arguments from concerned residents and school officials that there would be a negative effect on children.

The New America School charter high school will be held in downtown Las Cruces on Monday, September 27, 2021.

Pharmacy representatives said their plan would be to sell cannabis only to legally qualified people: anyone over 21 in the state of New Mexico or anyone with a medical card. They noted that a rigorous security process would be in place that would prevent the sale of cannabis to minors, which included a separate and designated sales space for cannabis.

Pharmacy staff pointed out that they are mostly doctors and pharmacists, not dispensary owners looking to make a quick buck.

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