Port Hueneme Police Chief Andrew Salinas “State of Cannabis in Port Hueneme”
September 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
After redevelopment funds were confiscated by the state of California, the City of Port Hueneme found itself in an unsustainable financial situation—being forced to dig into reserves. The City Council took a chance and turned to a new source of revenue. Within the so-called “Green Mile,” a clutch of cannabis retailers, cultivators and delivery services in Port Hueneme is estimated to generate $1.25 million during 2019.
According to Port Hueneme’s Police Chief Andrew Salinas, the Green Mile is not, as predicted by opponents, a hotbed of criminal activity, the source of vehicle accidents from an influx of traffic, or a known source behind our youth using drugs. Not only has cannabis helped the City to get on its feet financially but has also added jobs and played a significant civic role—we’ve already seen cannabis dollars being used to give the homeless in Oxnard beds, to fund the Channel Island Harbor fireworks display, and to finance REACH projects in Port Hueneme.
Since arriving in Port Hueneme in 2017, Chief Salinas has been responsible for helping create the regulatory framework for cannabis operations and ensuring compliance. He has also prioritized sustaining a police department committed to service and involvement with the community.
Chief Salinas—who earned a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice Management and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from CSU, Northridge—is an avid runner and golfer. In 2013, he climbed Mount Whitney and completed a full Ironman Triathlon in Tempe, Arizona.
Chief Salinas is the recipient of the Congressional Merit of Honor for his diligent work on combating drunk driving.