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.

What We Do

We observe cannabis policymaking in Washington State and publish quality content describing what we see.  We organize public information, compose summaries, and share our observations with the public. We publish on our website and our email list as well as social and community channels.

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.

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).

Observers

Gregory Foster

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

Gregory is the founder of Cannabis Observer and its first citizen observer. He is also the founder + CEO of Cannabis Data, an incubator for projects which further the fresh flowering of humanity’s relationship with all cannabis cultivars. Gregory is a member of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Traceability Advisory Committee 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.

Zephyn Adams

  • Preparer
  • Processor
  • Transcriptionist
  • Copy Editor

With a passion for government reform and a background in digital media, Zephyn brings a host of skills to the team. Zephyn's contributions range from graphic design to product development, as well as participation in the day to day operations of Cannabis Observer.

Alumni

Alex Manulik

  • Preparer
  • Transcriptionist
  • Copy Editor

Amanda Mac

  • Distributor

Dominic Corva

  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor

Julia Lee

  • Observer
  • Copy Editor
  • Producer
  • Distributor