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 (Mar 27, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 27th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: With Member Russ Hauge absent (and therefore unable to provide his scheduled update on the DC trip), Deputy Director Peter Antolin engaged at length about the projects and budgets under his charge (transcript, audio). The Canopy Unit has been designated limited duration … Continued

WSLCB – Board Meeting (Mar 21, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 21st WSLCB Board Meeting. My top 3 takeaways: The WSLCB did not achieve quorum during last week’s meeting.  While the scheduled public hearings went ahead, the Board was unable to take action on two cannabis items: adjustment of Board Interim Policy on quarantine (Revised Interim Policy) + approval … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Mar 20, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 20th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide prepared the Board for Wednesday’s Board Meeting (Mar 21).  The meeting agenda includes two public hearings and other business: Packaging and Labeling Rules (CR-102).  Joanna reported on public comments received regarding the CR-102 and … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Mar 13, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 13th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Deputy Director Peter Antolin updated the Board on the latest developments around traceability.  WSLCB plans to hire a technical Independent Verification and Validation (IVV) vendor to analyze the source of issues being encountered by licensees: is it MJ Freeway or … Continued

WSLCB – Executive Management Team (Mar 07, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 7th WSLCB Executive Management Team meeting. My top 3 takeaways: Licensing and Regulation Director Becky Smith presented the Board with the WSLCB’s recommendation for relief for retailers in ban and moratorium areas.  The 65 retail licensees in ban or moratorium areas or otherwise restricted from opening due to … Continued

WSLCB – Board Caucus (Mar 6, 2018)

Here are some observations from the March 6th WSLCB Board Caucus. My top 3 takeaways: Policy and Rules Coordinator Joanna Eide prepared the Board for the temporary suspension of the 24-hour quarantine period licensees have been required to observe prior to transferring products.  The emergency rule will be passed at Wednesday’s Board Meeting (Mar 7). … Continued