Gregory Foster

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Gregory is the Founder + CEO of Cannabis Data, an incubator for projects which further the fresh flowering of humanity’s relationship with all cannabis cultivars.  He brings experience with technology, startups, legislative and regulatory advocacy, activism, journalism, freedom of information – and cannabis!  Based in Olympia by way of Austin, Texas, Greg and his family call the tall trees of Washington home.

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (December 19, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products, packages, and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s coverage: Initial update (Oct 24, 2018)The trade association coalition proposal (Oct 30, 2018)A flurry … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (November 27, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products, packages, and labels (video, presentation). For context, see Cannabis Observer’s initial update, the trade association coalition proposal, a flurry of edibles activity at the … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (November 14, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 14th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways (with a surprising bonus takeaway at the end): Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn briefed the Board on WSLCB’s opportunities to adjust the marketplace for medical cannabis in Washington State (audio).Recent WSLCB engagement with representatives from patient communities and medical … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (November 8, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 8th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The next release of MJ Freeway Leaf has been postponed to January 1, 2019 (audio).The last contract amendment set a release date of November 5, 2018.The last contract amendment also specified liquidated damages would be assessed to MJ … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Nov 7, 2018)

Here are some observations from the November 7th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith presented to the Board and agency leadership for thirty minutes on “Financier Vetting and Investment Opportunities” (audio).The presentation surveyed options to modify rules and internal policies on fingerprint requirements; license owner … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (Oct 31, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-evaluation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products and labels (video, presentation).  For context, see Cannabis Observer’s initial edibles update and the trade association coalition proposal presented at the October 30 Board Caucus. … Continued

Cannabis Trade Association Coalition MIE Regulation Proposal (Oct 30, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-interpretation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products and labels.  This morning, a coalition of Washington cannabis trade associations met with WSLCB Board and staff to present an industry proposal in response. … Continued

Marijuana Infused Edibles Update (Oct 24, 2018)

On October 3rd, staff at the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) publicly announced a re-interpretation of existing and new rules regarding the approval of marijuana infused edible (MIE) products and labels.  The announcement surprised cannabis industry stakeholders, but is not a wholly unexpected realignment of the marketplace with established and upcoming law and … Continued

JLARC – I-900 Subcommittee Public Hearing (Sep 26, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 26th Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee (JLARC) I-900 Subcommittee public hearing. My top 3 takeaways: The Office of the Washington State Auditor (SAO) presented their performance audit of the WSLCB titled Improving Cannabis Risk Management Tools Using Business Transaction Data (transcript, audio, video, slidedeck).Deborah Stephens, SAO Senior … Continued