New Cannabis Department Head Appointed

New Cannabis Department Head Appointed By L.A. City Council

Last week Wednesday, the Los Angeles City Council elected someone to supervise its new Department of Cannabis Regulation. Backing Mayor Eric Garcett’s choice for the job, the vote came as state officials are creating a legal regulatory environment for the recreational weed market. Former coordinator for California’s Drug Policy Alliance will head the new division. Cat Packer will have a five-member Cannabis Commission to help and advise her on marijuana policy. She won the vote 13-0, with some council members, Curren Price and Paul Koretz, absent from the meeting. Packer, 26, told the council that her interest in weed policy began when she realized the disproportionate affects that the “war on drugs” and prohibition had on communities of color. The mission of the department is to protect all children, neighborhoods, marijuana businesses, and natural environments within the city’s jurisdiction. According to Packer, “It is extremely important that as this industry …

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