SXSW 2021

Can We Ensure Equity in Cannabis Policy? #YesWeCan


The saying, “it takes a village,” has never been more important than in the creation and adoption of equitable cannabis policy. Since joining the City of LA’s Department of Cannabis Regulation, Exec. Dir. 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 collectively 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 i

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  1. How we can build a more equitable society for those previously and currently affected by cannabis policy, and what can de done to change this.
  2. How cannabis policy and reform effect our lives holistically and what others can do to continue to see change.
  3. Other facets of our society that are touched by cannabis policy and how equitable reform will provide more opportunity to communities.



Rayna Plummer, Public Relations Specialist, City of Los Angeles Department of Cannabis Regulation

Meta Information:

  • Tags: Cannabusiness
  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Panel
  • Track: A New Urgency
  • Track 2
  • Level: Advanced

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