Dear Las Crucens, GOOD NEWS: The City Council voted today to KEEP the 300-foot buffer requirement between cannabis businesses and residential neighborhoods (as well as between cannabis businesses). It was a 4-to-3 vote, with over 2 hours of discussion and public comment. THANKS to Councilor Abeyta, Councilor Flores, Mayor Pro Tem Gandara, and Mayor Miyagishima for keeping this protection for the families and children of Las Cruces.
PUBLIC COMMENT AND COLLABORATION
Although many cannabis retailers showed up to make comments in support of removing this buffer zone, they were greatly outnumbered by concerned citizens who urged the Council to keep the buffer. Special thanks to Juan Garcia and Julie Pfau from CCIA, Megan Boelter from Tobacco 21, and Dr Ned Rubin from the Unified Prevention Coalition for all of your collaboration over the last few weeks in preparation for this vote. And thanks to all of you who sent emails and showed up to speak at the meeting. Mutual collaboration made this a huge success.
I will be uploading short video clips to my youtube channel in the next few days to share with you. In the meantime, I want to extend appreciation to 16-year old Ellie Pfau, whose comment about cannabis impacts on youth was deeply moving.
If you want to say "Thanks" to the Council members who voted to KEEP the 300-foot buffer zone for cannabis businesses and residential neighborhoods, here is their contact info:
Mayor – Ken Miyagishima - firstname.lastname@example.org – (575)-541-2067
District 1 – Kasandra Gandara - email@example.com – (575)-541-2066
District 2 – Tessa Abeyta - firstname.lastname@example.org - (575) 541-2068
District 6 – Yvonne Flores - email@example.com – (575)-541-2069
Thanks again for your collaboration! Standing with you in solidarity, Sarah Smith Free People of the Southwest New Mexico Freedoms Alliance