About the Commission
The Cannabis Regulation Commission shall hold public hearings related to the issuance of Licenses to engage in commercial cannabis activity. Furthermore, the Commission may recommend to the City Council amendments to the City's Rules and Regulations.
Meetings of the Commission are open to the public; regular meetings are held at City Hall, 200 N. Spring St., 3rd Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90012 on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 2:00 p.m., however at this time, DCR is holding all Commission meetings virtually. As a convenience to the public, the Commission may hold special meetings in other locations of the City, depending upon the agenda item or items before it.
The Cannabis Regulation Commission was established by ordinance on July 30, 2017.
Click here for the Cannabis Regulation Commission Rules and Operating Procedures that were adopted pursuant to the authority set forth in Chapter 31 of the Los Angeles Administrative Code. For more information, contact: CannabisCommission@lacity.org.
President Ahn was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2017 and serves as the inaugural President of the Cannabis Regulation Commission. President Ahn has also served on the Los Angeles City Planning Commission from 2013 until 2017 and on the Redistricting Commission from 2011 until 2012. In 2017, he was a candidate for the United States Congress, 34th District, in a special election to fill the seat vacated by Xavier Becerra, advancing to the General Election with a top two (2) finish out of 23 candidates in the Primary Election.
President Ahn is an attorney in the downtown Los Angeles office of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP specializing in commercial transactions. He received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from Emory University (Dean’s List) and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Southern California Law School, Hale Moot Court Honors Program.
Vice President Mason is a native Angelino who has been a civic and community leader throughout her adult life. As a workers’ compensation industry veteran, she previously managed the day-to-day operations of the workers’ compensation benefit delivery program for the Ameron International Corporation. Vice President Mason previously served on the Government Affairs and Educational Committees of the California Self-Insurers Association where she analyzed and commented upon pending legislation and planned educational conferences for self-insured entities. Vice President Mason also serves as President of the Empowerment Congress North Area Neighborhood Development Council and as Chair of the South Los Angeles Alliance of Neighborhood Councils. In both capacities she has been an advocate for economic development, social justice and social equity. Vice President Mason received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. Vice President Mason was appointed to the Cannabis Regulation Commission in 2019.
Commissioner Villa is a Certified Public Accountant with more than 30 years of experience in accounting, auditing, financial management, forensic accounting, and as an expert witness in these fields .Rita Villa served as the controller of a financial services holding company listed on the New York Stock Exchange where she led a financial team through public offerings and participated in negotiating the acquisition of companies in the reinsurance industry with operations in the United States, Germany, Switzerland, England and Bermuda. Rita Villa previously served on the Studio City Neighborhood Council from 2008 until 2018 where she held positions as Secretary and Chair of the Government Relations Committee. Commissioner Villa was appointed to the Cannabis Regulation Commission in 2018.
Philip D. Mercado, MD FACS
Commissioner Mercado has been the Chief of the Department of General Surgery at Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center since 2002 where he oversees general surgical services including oncologic, laparoscopic and elective operations treating a multitude of diseases by a team of 10 surgeons, and numerous physician assistants, wound care specialists and nurses. In 2014, Dr. Mercado was appointed as the Regional Chief of General Surgery for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group where he oversees the general surgical care for over 4.5 million members.
Dr. Mercado is also a Clinical Instructor for the Harbor UCLA Department of Surgery and is a member of the American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons. In 2008, Dr. Mercado, along with the East Valley Community Clinic, established Community Surgery Day, which provides free surgical procedures to low-income, uninsured and underinsured individuals. Dr. Mercado is a member of the National Finance Team for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), a Board Member for the Hammer Museum and a founding member of Contemporary Friends, an art acquisition group at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Dr. Mercado was appointed to the Cannabis Regulation Commission in 2018.
Victor Narro, Commissioner
Commissioner Narro is the Project Director for the UCLA Downtown Labor Center, UCLA Labor Studies Professor, and Core Faculty of the Public Interest Law Program at UCLA Law School. He has been involved with immigrant rights and labor issues for over 35 years. In 2008 and 2010, Commissioner Narro co-authored “Broken Laws, Unprotected Workers: Violations of Employment and Labor Laws in America’s Cities” and “Wage Theft and Workplace Violations in Los Angeles” respectively. Commissioner Narro was also a co-editor of “Working for Justice: The L.A. Model of Organizing and Advocacy” and ”No One Size Fits All: Worker Organization, Policy, and Movement in a New Economic Age”. He has also published ”Jimmy’s Carwash Adventure” a childrens’ book. Commissioner Narro has emerged as a leading voice for spirituality in the work for justice as a Movement Chaplain. Commissioner Narro was appointed to the Cannabis Regulation Commission in 2018.
Josie Trevizo, Commission Executive Assistant