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.

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

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