City Council Approves New Cannabis Department Head
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City Council Approves New Cannabis Department Head
Posted by CN Staff on August 17, 2017 at 08:59:14 PT
By Dakota Smith
Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles, Calif. -- The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules. The council voted 13-0 to hire Packer, with council members Paul Koretz and Curren Price absent from Wednesday’s meeting.
Appearing before the council, Packer said her interest in cannabis policy started after she saw how pot prohibitions and the “war on drugs” disproportionately affected communities of color.Packer, 26, said the department will protect Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, children, the environment and legal cannabis businesses.“It’s extremely important that as this industry develops in the city of Los Angeles, that it’s done with consciousness,” she said.Packer’s salary still needs to be set by the city. Budget officials allocated $789,800 this fiscal year for the new department, which is expected to have five employees.The council Wednesday also approved Garcett’s nominees to the Cannabis Commission, backing the mayor’s picks of Robert Ahn, a former planning commissioner; Rita Villa, a certified public accountant; Philip D. Mercado, regional chief of general surgery at Southern California Permanente Medical Group; Misty Wilks, an attorney; and Victor Narro, a former member of the police commission’s Police Permit Review Panel.Californians voted last year to legalize the recreational use of marijuana and start issuing state licenses by January 2018. The new law comes two decades after the state legalized the use of medical marijuana.In March, L.A. passed a ballot measure to update its marijuana regulations. That new measure also set tax rates for the cannabis industry, which will provide a new revenue stream for the city.City Controller Ron Galperin has estimated the city could collect at least $50 million in tax revenue from marijuana businesses next year, based on economic estimates that medical and newly legalized recreational sales citywide could approach $700 million.A city council committee met Tuesday night to hear input on new rules related to legalization, including where pot shops can operate. Those draft regulations, first released in June, are still evolving, City Council President Herb Wesson said.An earlier version of this article incorrectly identified Victor Narro as a former police commissioner. He served on the Police Permit Review Panel, a subsidiary of the police commission.Source: Los Angeles Times (CA) Author: Dakota SmithPublished: August 16, 2017Copyright: 2017 Los Angeles TimesContact: letters latimes.comWebsite: -- Cannabis Archives 
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Comment #11 posted by FoM on August 20, 2017 at 05:01:49 PT
Love it! 
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Comment #10 posted by Hope on August 19, 2017 at 07:35:46 PT
More off topic
Some one sent me something funny. It was like a prayer and it said basically, "If you want us to impeach Trump, send us a sign, like, blot out the sun in the middle of the day next week." 
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Comment #9 posted by Hope on August 19, 2017 at 07:29:52 PT
Thank you. At least I thought she was a very pretty man. I jumped straight to researching the name so I could see the face and read about it. I was trying to read it and understand it. Especially after the passionate off topic conversation we've been having. Getting back to business.Sad. Huge. Have I always talked like that? The man can be mesmerizing. I don't like it. I'm going to do something useful, like ignore his humongous drama for a few hours!
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Comment #8 posted by FoM on August 18, 2017 at 16:49:22 PT
I thought she was a he at first too. Anything goes anymore! 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on August 18, 2017 at 16:30:28 PT
Lazy reading or non-reading...
It says "Her" about five different times. The search pictures threw me off. I'm so sorry!
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Comment #6 posted by Hope on August 18, 2017 at 15:05:34 PT
I think if she worked for Drug Policy Alliance
She's nobody's fool.I hope and expect to hear more good news about her.
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Comment #5 posted by FoM on August 18, 2017 at 13:27:02 PT
I think she will do a good job!
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on August 18, 2017 at 08:43:46 PT
She's twenty six years old.
She's a beautiful woman instead of a beautiful man.I don't know.I'm going to be quiet now.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on August 18, 2017 at 08:40:24 PT
Forgive me...
She looks like she's fourteen.
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Comment #2 posted by Hope on August 18, 2017 at 08:35:09 PT
Cat Packer
Well slap my face and call me old... he looks like he's fourteen.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on August 17, 2017 at 17:13:14 PT
Cannabis Council?
Heh, heh...Hopefully this is progress, that is what we need!
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