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 – Board Caucus (February 19, 2019)

The WSLCB Board has canceled over half of its regularly scheduled public meetings so far this month (five out of eight) including the February 20th Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting. Meanwhile, the Board has privately hosted six executive sessions to discuss pending litigation including three dedicated meetings and three sessions carved out of regularly scheduled … Continued

Washington State Legislature – Bills (February 18, 2019) – HB 1995 – “Concerning direct sales from certain marijuana producers and processors.”

Here are some observations about HB 1995, a new bill in the Washington State legislature “Concerning direct sales from certain marijuana producers and processors.”  The bill was drafted by Raven Grass Co-Founder Micah Sherman in collaboration with The Cannabis Alliance and in consultation with licensees and industry representatives. My top three takeaways: Legislation to enable … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (January 29, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 29th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Chair Jane Rushford thanked Member Russ Hauge for testifying on behalf of the Board at the January 28th House Commerce and Gaming Committee Public Hearing (audio – 6m). Hauge began describing his testimony against HB 1237 and Rushford clarified … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (January 23, 2019)

Here are some observations from the January 23rd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Marijuana Examiners Manager Kendra Hodgson delivered a summary of the Canopy Team’s findings from the first year of surveys and led thirty minutes of discussion with agency leadership (audio – 37m). The Canopy Team report remains in … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (January 9, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday January 9th WSLCB Board Meeting. This meeting was convened at Spokane City Hall as part of a coordinated agency visit to eastern Washington. Cannabis Observer extends our thanks to Joe Rammell of New Day Cannabis for observing and recording the WSLCB board meeting in Spokane in person. While … Continued

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) … 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 … 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 … Continued