The town of Albuquerque is in search of data on the areas of hashish shops and the proposed gasoline tax

Posted: May 30, 2021 / 10:31 PM MDTUpdated: May 30, 2021 / 10:31 PM MDT

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (KRQE) – Albuquerque leaders want to hear from you. You have just completed a poll on two main issues pending at City Hall, including adult cannabis and a proposed two cents increase in gas tax.

The brief survey asks where cannabis stores should be, whether clusters of cannabis stores should be across the city, and whether they should be in historic neighborhoods like Old Town or on streets like Route 66.

“I don’t think it should be sold in historic neighborhoods, I think it should only be sold downtown, in certain downtown areas,” said Robert Michael Martinez.

“I think probably spread out because when you group them you bring in a lot of nonsense,” said Theresa Sanchez.

Many shops in the old town told us from the camera that they are against cannabis shops nearby. However, one employee of the store we spoke to believes that this will be beneficial for the local economy.

“I think more people should be open to the idea that it is something that is growing and something that is good for business and for the people of Albuquerque,” said Marijose Ramirez, an associate at Lillie’s handmade soaps.

The poll also asked whether the city should postpone the gas tax hike until we’re out of the pandemic or after the elections. Earlier this month city councils signed the proposal to add a gas tax of two cents a gallon. That said, it is up to the voters to decide whether to support this tax, which is used for road improvements, and to make the city fit the ADA requirements. The people KRQE spoke to were again divided.

“We need to improve our roads and the like in the area, especially in Albuquerque and beyond,” Martinez said.

“I like the lower gas prices, you know, I think everyone does and it might hurt a little,” Sanchez said.

The mayor’s office said the city council would discuss the locations of cannabis stores during its June 7 meeting.

Regarding the poll, Lorena Sanchez, a spokeswoman for the mayor’s office, sent KRQE the following message:

“Hearing from the public about new guidelines that will affect our community is vital, especially when timing is a factor in implementation.”

It is unclear how long the city will be accepting submissions. You can find the survey here.

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