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The high cost of a liquor license in New Mexico




Marci Dickerson owns four liquor licenses in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She's on a waiting list to buy a fifth.
Marci Dickerson owns four liquor licenses in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She's on a waiting list to buy a fifth.
Mónica Ortiz Uribe

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Since the end of Prohibition, states have grappled with how to regulate the sale of alcohol. Some retain laws that haven't changed much in the last 80 years.

Take New Mexico. It has some of the most expensive liquor licenses in the country. The state's last liquor store license sold for nearly $1 million dollars.

From the Fronteras Desk, Mónica Ortiz Uribe takes a look at how these antiquated laws impact the state's economy.