Department of Cannabis Regulation

About Us

The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) is responsible for administering the Rules and Regulations adopted by the Council for licensed commercial cannabis businesses within the City of Los Angeles. The DCR administers the business application process in conjunction with the Cannabis Regulation Commission, makes determinations related to non-retail cannabis licensing, administers and coordinates the audit and inspection processes for licensed cannabis-related businesses, and enforcing regulatory compliance of licensed businesses engaged in commercial cannabis activity.

Measure M, passed by over 80% of voters in March 2017, gave City Council the full authority to regulate cannabis-related activity within the City of Los Angeles.  With that authority, the Department of Cannabis Regulation was established by ordinance on July 30, 2017.

Executive Director

Cat Packer Photo

Cat Packer is the Executive Director and General Manager of the Department of Cannabis Regulation.

Prior to joining the City of Los Angeles, Packer served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, where she worked to ensure the successful and equitable implementation of various cannabis policy reforms.

Packer is an alumna of The Ohio State University where she received a Bachelor’s in Political Science, a Master’s in Public Policy & Management and a Juris Doctor.

Read Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Press Release on the appointment of Cat Packer to serve as the first Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation.