Gregory Foster

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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.

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (May 9, 2019)

After publishing the last Traceability Advisory Committee meeting update on April 16th, WSLCB Director of Communications Brian Smith reached out the same day to express concern about Cannabis Observer’s recording of the meeting. In subsequent conversation with WSLCB staff, it appears that the agency received negative feedback regarding unspecified aspects of the April meeting. We … Continued

WSLCB – Tribal Advisory Council (April 24, 2019)

Here are some observations of the Wednesday April 24th WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB Tribal Advisory Council is a renewed government-to-government consultative body which is quite different from WSLCB’s industry councils and workgroups. The Tribal Advisory Council (TAC) consists of delegations from federally-recognized, sovereign tribal governments which have entered … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (April 11, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday April 11th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. The committee has been meeting since January 2017 and is currently composed of staff from WSLCB, MJ Freeway (the State’s traceability software vendor), the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), a project quality assurance vendor, and industry representatives. The committee … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (April 3, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday April 3rd WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. This week’s Board Caucus and EMT meeting were canceled. My top 3 takeaways: Enforcement Chief Justin Nordhorn confirmed the agency’s position against advertising of cannabis products and trade names in and around public parks (audio – 3m). Nordhorn said, … Continued