Cat Packer, 26, said the department will protect Los Angeles’ neighborhoods, children, the environment and legal cannabis businesses.

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday backed Mayor Eric Garcetti’s picks to oversee City Hall’s new Department of Cannabis Regulation, a vote that comes as officials prepare for legalization of recreational marijuana in California.

Cat Packer, the former California coordinator for the Drug Policy Alliance, will run the new city division. A five-member Cannabis Commission will provide input on cannabis rules.

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Dakota Smith ~ LATimes.com

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