Cannabis Observer creates outstanding information about cannabis policymaking in Washington state for stakeholders, the public, and policymakers themselves. We empower constituents towards better engagement; improve policy evolution and compliance outcomes; and save everyone valuable time and money. In the process, we’ve prototyped a new model for community-supported citizen observation of governing processes which can be applied to any policy vertical at all levels of government.

Governing processes are complex, continuous, and ever changing. Staying informed costs time and money for governed communities and other stakeholders, and can’t be their primary focus.

Policymakers must devote resources to keep governed communities informed and relationships healthy. Outcomes are improved when well-informed and engaged citizens help direct policy evolution.

Gaps—sometimes quite large—exist between policymakers and citizens. Cannabis Observer fills that gap for cannabis policy in Washington state with dedicated focus which enables us to surface ever more public information into condensed and contextualized content for busy audiences.

Cannabis Observer began by consistently attending every public meeting of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB), the primary adult-use cannabis regulatory authority in Washington state. Our coverage has expanded to include the Washington State Legislature and other regulatory bodies in the state. We publish on our website and our email list as well as social and community channels.

Cannabis Observer is a project of Cannabis Data, an incubator for initiatives which serve the fresh flowering of humanity’s relationships with the plant Cannabis and its many cultivars (medical, adult-use, CBD, hemp).

Citizen Observers

Cannabis Observer is a team of citizen observers who are cannabis industry professionals, advocates, activists, academics, journalists, and technologists.  We are united in our love for the plant.

Gregory Foster

  • Observer
  • Processor
  • Copy Editor
  • Content Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor

Gregory is the founder of Cannabis Observer and its first citizen observer. Gregory is a member of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Traceability 2.0 Work Group and was recognized in early 2019 for Exemplary Service by The Cannabis Alliance, a Washington-based trade association. He marshals experience with technology, startups, legislative and regulatory advocacy, activism, journalism, freedom of information – and cannabis! Based in Olympia by way of Austin, Greg and his family call the tall trees of Washington home.

M. Bailey Hirschburg

  • Observer
  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor

With over a decade of cannabis reform advocacy with the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), Bailey was Washington NORML’s Legislative Associate during the 2017-18 legislative sessions and the only lobbyist focused solely on recreational cannabis policy. He’s currently the consumer representative on the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Cannabis Advisory Council and consults for regulators, licensees, and individuals. Bailey has a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and lives in Lacey, Washington with his wife.

Alumni

Alex Manulik

  • Preparer
  • Transcriptionist
  • Copy Editor

Amanda Mac

  • Distributor

Dominic Corva

  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor

Julia Lee

  • Observer
  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor

Zephyn Adams

  • Preparer
  • Processor
  • Transcriptionist
  • Copy Editor