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Eddy County delays vote on recreational cannabis regulations

A proposed ordinance regulating recreational cannabis establishments and use in unincorporated areas of Eddy County was tabled by the Board of County Commissioners Oct. 5.

Eddy County sought to regulate recreational cannabis in areas outside of Carlsbad, Artesia, Loving and Hope after the New Mexico Legislature passed the Cannabis Regulation Act, House Bill 2, during a special session earlier this year. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham signed the legislation in April.

“Being a patient and then working in it professionally I have seen miracles. I don’t know how else to put it for people coming off opioid or any other kind of medications,” said Libby Smith during a public hearing on the proposed ordinance.

An up-close view of a cannabis plant growing in a hybrid greenhouse.

During the hearing, Smith stated she has worked in the cannabis industry since 2017.

“I think it would be a huge disservice to our community not to give this a really good chance at a go. If it’s education we need, I’m happy and I know there’s other people in this room that I have worked with that would love to provide the kind of education and knowledge to our community. I think it’s misunderstood,” she said.