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.

The Week Ahead (May 20, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TUESDAY: Tuesday morning at 9:30am PT @ the Governor’s Conference Room, Jay Inslee is scheduled to sign HB 1109, the biennium budget. Several cannabis-related bills have dedicated appropriations in the bill in addition to the operating budgets of the agencies which regulate the plant. On Tuesday at 10am … Continued

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

The Week Ahead (May 13, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: On Monday May 13th at 3:30pm PT @ the Governor’s Conference Room, five out of six remaining cannabis-related bills are scheduled for signing (bill action notice). HB 1792 – “Concerning criminal penalties applicable to licensed marijuana retailers and employees of marijuana retail outlets.” HB 1794 – “Concerning … Continued

The Week Ahead (May 6, 2019)

The week is wide open. No public meetings at the WSLCB, the legislature has completed their long session of the biennium, and only six cannabis-related bills remain unsigned on the Governor’s desk. Of the five cannabis-related bills already signed by Governor Jay Inslee, only SB 5276 had an immediate effective date. The hemp bill is … 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

The Week Ahead (April 29, 2019)

Hemp production is now “a legal, agricultural activity in this state.” Governor Jay Inslee signed Engrossed Second Substitute SB 5276 (E2SSB 5276) on Friday April 26th and the new law became effective immediately. Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: On Monday at 1:30pm PT @ the Whitman County Courthouse, the Whitman County Commissioners … Continued

The Week Ahead (April 22, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. MONDAY: This week is it for the regular legislative session. If you’d like, you can review Cannabis Observer’s Friday morning legislative update for information that is largely current as of Monday morning – with exceptions (of course). Here’s one to watch: SB 5605, the bill to vacate misdemeanor … Continued