Gregory Foster

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Gregory is the founder of Cannabis Observer and its first citizen observer. Gregory is a member of the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board (WSLCB) Traceability 2.0 Work Group 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 1, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TUESDAY: On Tuesday July 2nd at 10am PT @ WSLCB, the weekly Board Caucus recurs. As of July 1, 2019, all regularly scheduled meetings will be held at the new WSLCB headquarters location: 1025 Union Ave, Olympia, WA 98501. WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday July 3rd, the bi-weekly WSLCB Executive … Continued

The Week Ahead (June 24, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TUESDAY: On Tuesday June 25th at 10am PT @ WSLCB, the weekly Board Caucus recurs. On Tuesday June 25th at 1:30pm PT @ WSLCB, the agency hosts a second listen and learn forum on the Quality Assurance Testing and Product Requirements rulemaking project (announcement, agenda, webinar registration). From … 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

The Week Ahead (June 10, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TODAY: Licensees should expect to receive an official email from WSLCB describing a revised launch schedule for Washington State’s version of MJ Freeway’s Leaf Data Systems. Do not expect to see the launch this week. Last week, we described the schedule of preparations leading up to the planned … Continued

The Week Ahead (June 3, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. It’s going to be a busy week! TODAY: On Monday June 3rd at 1:30pm PT @ WSLCB, the agency will host the first of two “listen and learn forums” on marijuana lab licensure. This is a separate topic from the earlier listening session on quality assurance and product … Continued

The Week Ahead (May 27, 2019)

Here’s a look at the week ahead. TUESDAY: On Tuesday May 28th at 10am PT @ WSLCB, the weekly Board Caucus recurs [ agenda ]. WEDNESDAY: On Wednesday May 29th at 10am PT @ WSLCB, the bi-weekly Board Meeting recurs [ agenda ]. WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Kathy Hoffman is scheduled to introduce a … Continued

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. Plants at Puffin Farm by @ginga_og 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 … Continued