Beth Hodess is a solo tax attorney/mediator working at the intersection of tax resolution and tax policy. Weaving together a deep understanding of tax law with a commitment to social justice, comfort with ambiguity, fearless curiosity, a talent for finding connections between seemingly disparate phenomena, and the ability to serve as a bridgebuilder for parties that at first glance are adversarial, she engages with a wide range of stakeholders to develop transparent and equitable tax policy. The War on Drugs had disastrous impacts on communities of color. Ensuring that previously criminalized groups have access to the wealth and opportunity generated by the legal cannabis industry is a critical component of cannabis equity. State and municipalities developing regulatory & tax structure for the cannabis industry must enact policies that undue racist past practices. To this end, Beth is investigating the success of the City of Oakland’s cannabis regulations and tax scheme.