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County medical marijuana sales on the rise

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Chaves County has more than 1,330 people with cards for medical marijuana, and the two dispensaries with outlets here, including Pecos Valley Pharmaceuticals, recorded 7,011 patient transactions in Chaves, Lincoln, and Eddy counties during the third quarter of 2017. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

The medical marijuana industry with Chaves County operations is now a multimillion-dollar enterprise and the number of active patients has more than doubled in a year, but the area remains a small part of the state business sector, according to third-quarter 2017 data from the state.