Hollywood sign becomes Hollyweed
The Hollywood sign, modified. The use of recreational marijuana will become legal throughout California on January 1, 2018.

The Los Angeles City Council Wednesday approved Cat Packer’s appointment as the first executive director of the Department of Cannabis Regulation, while also approving five members of the new Cannabis Commission.

Parker and the commission members, who were approved on a 13-0 vote, will help oversee city policy on the legalized marijuana industry when the drug becomes legal for sale and consumption for recreational purposes in the state of California on Jan. 1.

The department was created in June, after Los Angeles voters approved new regulations and taxation guidelines for cannabis in March. The industry could generate up to $100 million in new tax revue for the city, some city leaders have estimated.

Packer previously worked as a policy coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance.

“I think it is extremely important that as this industry develops here in the city of Los Angeles, that it is done with consciousness, that it is science data driven-based,” Packer said. “I look forward to the opportunity to serve the citizens of Los Angeles to create a department with public service to let community members know that we will protect their communities.”

Packer’s appointment comes as the City Council is working to draft a comprehensive ordinance to regulate and tax the cannabis industry. The Rules, Elections, and Intergovernmental Relations Committee met Tuesday night and heard from dozens of public speakers.

“Taxing and regulating legal cannabis in Los Angeles will be a complex process,” Mayor Eric Garcetti said when he announced Packer’s appointment last week. “We need someone leading the effort who understands and can navigate those nuances.

Cat’s experience makes her an excellent fit for this new role,” he said.” I am confident that her work will help us implement new regulations in a way that is fair and equitable for all of our communities, respects our neighborhoods and raises valuable new revenue for city services.”

–City News Service

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