Cannabis in California: A Fireside Chat

Cannabis in California: A Fireside Chat


Wednesday, Jun 13th 2018

06:30 PM - 09:30 PM (PDT)


Cross Campus DTLA

800 Wilshire Blvd

Los Angeles, CA



To celebrate being 6 months into regulated cannabis in California, 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 a unregulated to a regulated industry has had its hurdles and overcoming them has been of the utmost importance for the industry. 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 takeways: 

  • Understanding the state of cannabis in California
  • How the Los Angeles and California market will impact the the nation and possibly the world
  • Why thinking short term vs long term is the path to failure
  • The importance of creating equality in this new regulated 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

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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.

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Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No, our events are cannabis related but will have no cannabis on-site

What can I bring into the event?

Your enthusiasm and expertise. We are all here to grow and cultivate relationships. So make sure to bring your notebook and excitement to meet new people.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Feel free to reach out to for all your questions or comments

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No you do not. 

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Metro We’re a short walk from a Metro subway station! Instructions

● Take Metro Expo, Blue, Red, or Purple Line to 7th St / Metro Center Station​. 

● Use the Flower Street Exit, cross Flower Street, and take a right. 

● Our building will be on the left. Look for the FedEx sign. 

Ride sharing Uber or Lyft are often most convenient for guests attending an event at Cross Campus Downtown LA, as parking in the area can be expensive. 

Metered parking 

Wilshire Blvd (Between Flower & Hope) 2 hour parking 8AM-4PM - $5/hr 4PM-8PM - $6/hr

Hope Street (Between 6th & Wilshire) 2 hour parking 8AM-4PM - $5/hr 4PM-8PM - $6/hr 

Other parking options

Note: The below entities are not owned by Cross Campus; they are suggested options. Hours, prices, and availability are subject to change. 

800 Wilshire Blvd (entrance is on Flower Street) Valet Parking - $10/hr Day Max - $30 

742 S Figueroa Street *Cash only* After 4PM - $7 

557 S Hope Street 15 Minutes - $3 Day Max - $20

Refund Policy

This event does not accept refunds