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 – Integrator Work Session (Jun 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the June 21st WSLCB Integrator Work Session. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB CIO Mary Mueller addressed the “API Key Reset” incident. While still restricted from speaking plainly by policy of the Washington State Office of the Chief Information Officer, CIO Mueller shared new information about the computer security incident (transcript, … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (May 22, 2018)

Here are some observations from the May 22nd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Board Member Russ Hauge attended a meeting of law enforcement agencies, associations, and task forces organized by the Department of Justice and the US Attorneys for Western and Eastern Washington (transcript, audio). Discussion focused on whether and to what extent … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (May 02, 2018)

Here are some observations from the May 2nd WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Director of Legislative Affairs Chris Thompson visited with the Executive Management Team (transcript, audio). He briefed the Team on the process and timeline for agency request legislation: how the WSLCB presents proposals for activity during the next … Continued

WSLCB – Traceability Advisory Committee (Apr 24, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 24th WSLCB Traceability Advisory Committee meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB CFO Jim Morgan presented aggregate monthly retail sales figures compiled from contingency period data and the first month of transactions under the MJ Freeway Leaf traceability system (slide with figures, transcript, audio).  Although the three-month window of … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Apr 18, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 18th WSLCB Executive Management Team (EMT) meeting. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide presented a Quarterly Cannabis and Vapor Rules Review summarizing all current rulemaking activity for the EMT. Packaging and Labeling Rules (transcript, audio). Retail License Forfeiture Rules (transcript, audio). 2017 Cannabis … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (Apr 18, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 18th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board adopted an Interim Policy for Retailer Title Certificates to bring relief to retailers in ban and moratoria jurisdictions (BIP-04-2018, transcript, audio). Simultaneously, the Board approved the CR 101 initiating formal rulemaking for Retailer Title Certificates to codify the … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Apr 17, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 17th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: WSLCB Licensing Director Becky Smith and Licensing Management Analyst Kaitlin Leeberg updated the Board on the retail title certificate program for Cannabis licensees in ban and moratoria jurisdictions (transcript, audio).  See the Board Interim Policy approved at Wednesday’s Board Meeting … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (Apr 04, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 4th WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The Board approved expansion of the Board Interim Policy on quarantine (BIP-2018-03 as adjusted, transcript, audio) and the supplemental CR-102 for retail license forfeiture rules (CR-102, Supplemental CR-102, transcript, audio).  Here’s the tentative timeline: May 16 – end of written … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Apr 03, 2018)

Here are some observations from the April 3rd WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide prepared the Board for Wednesday’s Board Meeting (transcript, audio). The briefing covered the proposed expansion of the Board Interim Policy on quarantine (BIP-2018-03, as adjusted) and the supplemental CR-102 for retail license forfeiture rules … Continued