Cannabis in California: A Fireside Chat with Cat Packer and Lori Ajax

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Cannabis in California: A Fireside Chat with Cat Packer and Lori Ajax

June 13, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm at Cross Campus DTLA


With us now being six months into California’s changing cannabis industry, we are bringing together two of the most important people in the cannabis industry for a classic fireside chat. On June 13th in downtown Los Angeles, Chief Lori Ajax and Executive Director Cat Packer will join us for an evening discussion about the state of cannabis in California and the largest local market Los Angeles.


The transition from an unregulated to a regulated industry has had its hurdles and overcoming them has been of the utmost importance for the industry. Some of these hurdles have included enforcement challenges and limited licensing in the largest market. As we continue to overcome these hurdles and improve the state of cannabis in California, learning from the past to improve the future is what is most important.

Event takeaways:

  • Understanding the state of cannabis in California

  • How the Los Angeles and California market will impact the nation and possibly the world

  • The importance of creating equality in this newly regulated industry

  • What are the next steps for our public officials overseeing this industry

6:30 to 7:30 pm-Check-in/Networking
7:30 to 8:30 pm- Fireside Chat
8:30 to 9:30 pm-Networking/End of Event


***This is a non-consumption event.



Cat Packer | Executive Director of LA Department of Cannabis Regulations

Appointed by City of Los Angeles Mayor, Eric Garcetti in August of this year, Ms. Cat Packer serves as the city’s first, Executive Director of the Department of Cannabis Regulation. Most recently, Packer served as California Policy Coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), where she worked to ensure the successful & equitable development and implementation of California’s evolving cannabis laws and policies.

Within her role, Packer championed responsible regulation, industry diversity and reinvestment in communities most harmed by marijuana prohibition. Prior to joining DPA, Packer served as the Campaign Coordinator for Californians for Responsible Marijuana Reform, Drug Policy Action’s social justice driven campaign in support of the Adult Use of Marijuana Act. 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.

Lori Ajax | Chief of the Bureau of Cannabis Control

In February 2016, Governor Brown appointed Chief Ajax as the first Chief of the newly formed Bureau of Cannabis Control. Prior to her appointment, Chief Ajax served as Chief Deputy Director at the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control where she spent 22 years working her way up the ranks, starting at the investigator trainee level. Ajax spent ten years in private industry prior to her state government career. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Sacramento.


June 13, 2018
6:30 pm - 9:30 pm



Cross Campus DTLA
800 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90017 United States
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