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 (July 16, 2019)

It’s already been a busy week. Here is additional information to supplement our earlier observations of the week ahead. At this early hour, it appears that version 1.37.5 of MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems is deployed and operational. While I am a member of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board’s Traceability Advisory Committee and … Continued

The Week Ahead (July 15, 2019)

Traceability got you down? As of 11pm PT on Saturday July 13th, MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems was down for maintenance. A critical point of interoperability and data transfer between third-party software providers serving licensees, the centralized traceability system remains necessary to document supply chain events and business-to-business transactions within the I-502 marketplace. Operators are … Continued

The Week Ahead (July 8, 2019)

This week may be our first opportunity to get a look inside the new headquarters of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) @ 1025 Union Ave, Olympia, WA 98501 as all agency public meetings were cancelled last week. Take a look at the map when planning your next visit; parking is easier and … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (June 13, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday June 13th WSLCB Marijuana Traceability Project (MTP) Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways, plus a bonus takeaway at the end: The committee reviewed complications which prompted the WSLCB to further delay release 1.37.5 of Washington State’s version of MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems (audio – 7m). Washington … Continued

The Week Ahead (June 17, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. Expect a revised launch date for release 1.37.5 of Washington’s version of MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems seed-to-sale traceability system, the information backbone of the I-502 regulated marketplace. Last Monday, we expected to receive a revised launch date – but nothing was forthcoming from the agency until WSLCB … Continued