Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas busts the myths associated with legal cannabis in the city. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Oxnard– The Greater Oxnard Organization of Democrats (GOOD) had a lively discussion May 18, about facts associated with legal cannabis and what it has been like since the become legal for medicinal and adult use in Port Hueneme.
Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas made the presentation and said when he started with the department; he didn’t know that he would be knee-deep in cannabis.
“Three months after taking the position, the city passed an ordinance that allowed the medicinal use of cannabis in the city in July 2017, and they would subsequently approve adult-use,” he said. “Over the past year, I have been keeping careful statistics and keeping a diary of what’s been happening in Port Hueneme.”
The city’s first cannabis dispensary opened in Jan. 2018, he said, followed by the second, third and fourth dispensaries in April and July and Aug. of 2018.
He chose not to follow the big cities, like Los Angeles and San Francisco and said Port Hueneme is a unique place.
“I was going to be in the forefront and develop a plan that worked well for the city,” he said.
On March 28, he started a cannabis educational forum because he wanted to be transparent, and he wanted the community to be informed, which is the most important thing.
“If the community is informed, they are more receptive of what’s happening,” he said. “There is a lot of misinformation out there about cannabis, so that’s why I wanted to get out in the community and share the information directly with people interested in hearing our story.”
Published: May 20, 2019
Founder & Interim Editor of L.A. Cannabis News