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 (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

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (September 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the September 13th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 2 takeaways: The Committee discussed the most recent MJ Freeway contract amendment (transcript, audio).The amendment was effective August 27th.The amendment extends the contract until January 10, 2019.There will be three additional releases before the contract is considered complete, and the … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (August 1st, 2018)

Here are some observations from the August 1st WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Hidden Ownership Amnesty Program discussion has been shelved (transcript, audio).First mentioned in the June 27, 2018 EMT meeting (transcript, audio) and subsequently in the July 10, 2018 Board Caucus (transcript, audio).In the Quarterly Licensing Update, WSLCB Management … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Jun 27, 2018)

Here are some observations from last Wednesday’s WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting (June 27). My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn and WSLCB Director of Licensing and Regulation Becky Smith presented a hidden ownership amnesty program proposal (transcript, audio).The program is intended to provide a means for relatively innocent parties to approach the … Continued

WSLCB – Integrator Work Session (Jun 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 21st WSLCB Integrator Work Session. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB CIO Mary Mueller addressed the “API Key Reset” incident. While still restricted from speaking plainly by policy of the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer, CIO Mueller shared new information about the computer security incident (transcript, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 22, 2018)

Here are some observations from the May 22nd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge attended a meeting of law enforcement agencies, associations, and task forces organized by the Department of Justice and the US Attorneys for Western and Eastern Washington (transcript, audio).Discussion focused on whether and to what extent US … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (May 11, 2018)

Here are some observations from the May 11th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB CFO Jim Morgan provided further details on the data sources used to generate the retail sales figures presented at the last Traceability Advisory Committee meeting (Apr 24).  Retailers currently use a separate manual process to report sales … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 02, 2018)

Here are some observations from the May 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs Chris Thompson visited with the Executive Management Team (transcript, audio).He briefed the Team on the process and timeline for agency request legislation: how the WSLCB presents proposals for activity during the next legislative … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (Apr 24, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 24th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB CFO Jim Morgan presented aggregate monthly retail sales figures compiled from contingency period data and the first month of transactions under the MJ Freeway Leaf traceability system (slide with figures, transcript, audio).  Although the three-month window of … Continued