About the Department
The Department of Cannabis Regulation (DCR) is responsible for administering the commercial cannabis licensing and regulatory program established by the Los Angeles City Council. Specifically, DCR processes all applications for commercial cannabis licenses in the City of Los Angeles, makes licensing decisions or licensing recommendations to the Cannabis Regulation Commission, and regulates the operations of licensed commercial cannabis businesses in the City.
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
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.
Assistant Executive Director Michelle Garakian
Michelle Garakian serves as the Assistant Executive Director of Policy, Education and Community Outreach. Ms. Garakian works closely with city partners, community and industry leaders to implement a comprehensive Social Equity Program, craft and track policy that will support the high-growth cannabis industry, and manage the department’s Policy and Community Engagement team.
Ms. Garakian previously served as the Director of Legislative Policy in Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Office of Legislative and External Affairs. In this role, she helped to develop and implement a comprehensive approach to the Mayor’s legislative agenda, with particular focus on the LA City Council. Prior to this role, she was the Director of the Mayor’s Business Team where she worked to find business solutions, big and small, to various challenges and turns lessons learned into macro business policy to enhance the City’s economy.
Assistant Executive Director Jason Kileen
Jason Killeen serves as the Assistant Executive Director of Licensing, Compliance and Administration. Mr. Killeen oversees the department’s licensing and compliance activities, manages the department’s licensing and case management information technology programs, and works with stakeholders to simplify complex procedures and automate activities making it easy for City personnel and citizens to search, communicate and share information. He is also responsible for managing revenue collections, enhancing enforcement activities, and improving customer service.
Mr. Killeen previously served as Chief Management Analyst in the City Planning Department. In this role, he was responsible for planning and organizing the work of employees engaged in budget, accounting, records management, contracts, grants, and personnel administration. Previously, he was a Senior Administrative Analyst with the Office of the City Administrative Officer where he conducted studies and investigations, carried out research and made recommendations on a wide variety of City matters for the Mayor and Council.
Social Equity Program Director Dr. Imani Brown
Dr. Imani Brown is the Social Equity Program Director for the Department of Cannabis Regulation. Within this role, Dr. Brown shall work to provide business, licensing, compliance, and technical assistance to verified Social Equity Program Applicants with the goal of promoting equitable ownership and employment opportunities in the cannabis industry in order to decrease disparities in life outcomes for marginalized communities, and to address the disproportionate impacts of the War on Drugs in those communities.
Dr. Brown is an urban policy and planning expert with more than twenty years’ experience in sustainable urban land use, government relations, public policy, and small business development. Dr. Brown is responsible for directing billions of dollars in economic development in Southern California and has created multiple community-centered economic development projects. Dr. Brown earned her doctorate from USC in Policy, Planning, and Development in 2009.
The Department of Cannabis Regulation receives a high volume of calls and emails on a daily basis. Before contacting the Department, please check our Frequently Asked Questions page, or try using the search bar on our front page, as most of our commonly-asked questions have posted answers.
Department of Cannabis Regulation
City of Los Angeles
221 N. Figueroa St, Suite 1245
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Hours: Mon-Fri 9AM – 4PM
Closed for City holidays
Phone and Email
Phone: (213) 978-0738
Media and Speaking Requests
One of the Communications Team major functions is establishing relationships and strategic partnerships with the media and stakeholders. The team also coordinates with national and local media outlets to provide clarity and accuracy in news features highlighting cannabis regulation and licensing in the City of Los Angeles. To inquire about a policy issue, request staff at an event, or to request an interview, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: For non-media related inquiries, please contact the Department of Cannabis Regulation at (213) 978-0738.