The Los Angeles Times profiles Cat Packer, head of the city’s Department of Cannabis Regulation. While Packer has advocated for a far reaching equity program in the world’s largest cannabis market, her understaffed agency has struggled with the city hall bureaucracy, disappointed entrepreneurs and a host of other problems:

L.A. Times:

“If Packer had once seemed to personify L.A.’s progressive vision for cannabis, she was now the public face of its stumbles in realizing that goal. Licensing for new shops had been put on hold. Wesson and Mayor Eric Garcetti had called for an audit. Packer was being berated by cannabis activists at public meetings and facing threats in her inbox.

“It’s one thing to pass an equitable policy,” she told the crowd of applicants and activists. “It’s another thing in its entirety for it to be implemented.”

Read the whole thing.

Quick Hits

  1. In keeping with its promise, dispensary finder Weedmaps has blocked ads for thousands of unlicensed California businesses, but some stragglers remain.
  2. Emerald Triangle legend B.E. Smith died at 72.
    Cannabis Now
  1. S.F. Weekly discusses the California report recommending potency taxes on REC.  WW California has more.
  2. California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) proposed consolidating cannabis licensing authorities.
    Canna Law Blog