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Sunland Park approves drive-thru cannabis dispensaries, reduces business operating hours

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Cannabis dispensaries in Sunland Park, New Mexico will be able to set up shop closer to schools or daycare centers following an amendment the city council made Tuesday to Sunland Park's cannabis ordinance.

Dispensaries will now be able allowed within 200 feet of schools or daycares instead of the previous 300 feet.

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The Mayor of Sunland Park, Javier Perea, explained the reason behind the change.

"We don't have a lot of space within the city of Sunland Park for new businesses so I believe that's one of the opportunities [city council] saw that the city could benefit from," said Perea.

The city council also decided that dispensaries can operate drive-thrus.

"To my understanding, it's the same thing as pretty much going to a pharmacy at this point," Perea.

Councilors also decided to reduce the hours dispensaries in the city can be open.

Originally they were able to operate up to 24 hours daily but now they can only operate between 7 a.m. and midnight Monday through Saturday, and 8 a.m. through midnight on Sunday.

"I believe that the council, in the best interest of the community, that they listen to the police department, and other groups across the community and decided to opt-in with the 8 to 12 operating hours," said Perea.

See the full interview with Perea below.

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