Convergence Keynote: Cat Packer in Conversation with Kelly Perez

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Can We Ensure Equity in Cannabis Policy? #YesWeCann

The saying “it takes a village” has never been more important than in the creation and adoption of equitable cannabis policy. In the City of LA, Department of Cannabis Regulation Exec. Director, Cat Packer has led the charge to create cannabis policies that restore and repair communities most impacted by cannabis criminalization and the War on Drugs. She has used her platform as an agitator and regulator to help craft one of the country’s most inclusive cannabis policies. However, there’s still work that needs to be done, and we must ask:
Can we reverse the impacts of cannabis criminalization?
Can communities of color benefit from cannabis legalization?
Can we create pathways to prosperity through a more equitable cannabis industry?
Can we fix disparities in policing?
The answer: #YesWeCann

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Cat Packer

Los Angeles Department Of Cannabis Regulation

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Kelly Perez

Cannabis Doing Good And The Cannabis Impact Fund

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