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 (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

The Week Ahead (April 15, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. WEDNESDAY is the 94th day of the first and longer session of the 2019-2020 biennium. At 5pm PT on Wednesday, we’ll pass the penultimate cutoff deadline on the last day to consider opposite house bills. Cannabis Observer expects to witness significant legislative floor activity over the next three … 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

Washington State Legislature – Cannabis Activity (April 1, 2019)

Today is April Fools’ Day, an annual safe harbor for hoaxes honored in some cultures. In contemporary times, journalists use the opportunity to fabricate amusing stories which can be truthful in foolish ways. Cannabis Observer fully intended to participate, but truth is often stranger than fiction. Here are some observations appropriate for All Fools’ Day. … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (March 26, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Tuesday March 26th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge suggested a path towards graded cannabis products and committed to advocacy for on-site cannabis consumption (audio – 10m). In conversation with the Board and WSLCB Director Rick Garza, Hauge outlined an idea gleaned during a … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (March 20, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Wednesday March 20th WSLCB Board Meeting. At 3.5 minutes, this was the shortest duration Board Meeting Cannabis Observer has witnessed and the current Board can recall. While there was one takeaway worth noting, we’ve included an update on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements open rulemaking and link … Continued

Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency – Board Meeting (March 7, 2019)

Here are some observations from the Thursday March 7th Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency (SRCAA) Board meeting. This meeting of the SRCAA Board of Directors included a public hearing regarding the imposition of annual registration fees on licensed producers and processors within Spokane County. Cannabis Observer extends our thanks to Kevin Oliver of Washington’s Finest … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (February 27, 2019)

Here are some observations from the February 27th Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Executive Management Team (EMT) public meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board implemented a new cadence and format for EMT meetings for the remainder of the legislative session (audio – 12m). The cadence of EMT public meetings was changed from weekly to … Continued