Posted on 01/31/2020
2020 January Newsletter Cityscape
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From the Desk of Cat Packer


As the Executive Director of the Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR), I want to thank you for your interest in the City’s cannabis related policies and programs. We are striving to create community and culture that is intentionally more responsible and more equitable regarding cannabis and its various impacts.
We need everyone’s voice to create a vision for what we want to see, how we want to live, and where we want to be as a society in relation to the cannabis industry. Through collective leadership and learning, we can build a bridge between all parties so we can continue to grow one of the country’s largest regulated cannabis markets.
This year will be defined by the work we accomplish. It is my goal to work with legislators and stakeholders to make critical policy changes that will allow the Social Equity Program flourish and to build and sustain deeper communication and engagement with our social equity applicants. In addition, I seek to improve these efforts with the local cannabis industry generally and to make the application and licensing process more simple and streamlined across government agencies both for existing operators and new applicants.
As one of the first and largest jurisdictions to authorize both medical and adult use commercial cannabis activity, we have, over the last two years learned many lessons, and having received tremendous feedback from stakeholders we know that we have much to accomplish in this new year.
I look forward to continuing this journey with all of you. Let’s dedicate 2020 to creating a clear, collective vision for cannabis in the City.

Thank you,
Cat Packer Sig
Executive Director, Cat Packer

Three Things to Know

The Department will be emailing invoices for 2020 Commercial Cannabis License Renewals for Phase 1 and Phase 2 applicants by March 2, 2020. 2020 Renewal Invoices are due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Applications that are not renewed by the deadline will be deemed abandoned.


The number of applications received by the Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) demonstrated extraordinary interest in the Phase 3 Retail Round One Social Equity application process, which the law requires DCR a limit of 100 applicants for further processing. That process has concluded, and the 100 applicants have been identified. 

The Phase 3 Retail Round One application process is currently under review by an independent third-party auditor. That audit is being managed by the office of the City Administrative Officer (CAO). Once final, the audit will help to inform our approach to the application process.


Need to make an amendment to your application or need guidance on how to make an amendment? The Department’s website now contains Application Amendment Guidance to assist applicants. Read more about this below.

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