My guest today is a recent founder of not one, but two companies focusing on Intellectual Property related Cannabis.
A life long learner Dr Dale Hunt spent 16 years in University. An early focus in Botany seeded his path to advanced degrees in Genetics and Biology. This was all before pivoting to focus on IP Law at Berkeley Oh, I should also mention, he is an adoptive father of 6 children!
After all that it was great to hear him share how much he actually loved his first day interning at a law firm. What followed was 23 years focusing on IP for Plant and Green Technology. Today he is the Founder & Sr. Attorney at the Plant and Planet Law Firm
As a Mormon, Cannabis was largely off this personal radar until some work for the Open Cannabis Project sparked his interest in the plant. It was a mystery to him why seemingly genuine people claimed this plant alleviated so many different conditions. It sounded too good to be true. His journey in answering that question led to some very interesting revelations, eventually having a researcher who theorized an answer to this, become a partner in his new venture, Breeders Best.
The independent Cannabis breeding landscape runs deep. Just go to any Emerald Cup, you’ll meet the Cannabis equivalent of the Brewmaster. Dr Hunt views that community as an enormous untapped resource in uncovering the treasures of this amazing plant. Their model allows the breeders to own, protect, and profit from their IP without the typical upfront and ongoing burdens in managing that.
Dr Hunt shares a tremendous amount of insight and knowledge on plant IP and Cannabis in this episode. What I loved most about Dr Hunt’s Founder’s Journey is that there are many times
where he identified what he found interesting, and chose to follow that curiosity. Please enjoy the Founder’s Journey of Dr Dale Hunt, Founder & CEO of Breeders Best.
Dr. Dale Hunt, Professional Summary:
Dr. Dale Hunt is a plant scientist, a Cannabis lawyer and registered U.S. patent attorney with over 20 years of experience protecting plant varieties in the United States and throughout the world. Dale is the founder of Plant & Planet Law Firm, an Intellectual Property Law practice, where he provides guidance and expertise on patents and IP matters, and aids clients in establishing IP protection for their legal marijuana cultivars, products and businesses. Before he began working in the legal Cannabis industry, Dale worked with other clients in Agriculture, Water Purification, Alternative Energies, Biotechnology, Medicine, Manufacturing Processes, and Natural Formulations, and he has helped many of his clients commercialize their IP, products and plant varieties in over 30 countries. Through Plant & Planet Law Firm he and his team continue to service these clients in addition to their Cannabis clients. Dale has degrees in botany (BS), plant genetics (MS) molecular & cellular biology (PhD), and law (JD).
Breeders Blend, Company Summary:
Breeder’s Best (BB) is the first Cannabis company to focus on developing intellectual property (IP) protection for independent plant breeders and licensing that diverse and unique IP to markets worldwide. We benefit breeders, patients, growers, investors, and many other stakeholders by delivering genetics with many of the lesser known and rare cannabinoids, as well as desirable combinations of cannabinoids and terpenes. These special varieties are developed through traditional breeding techniques that achieve specific target chemical profiles and premium commercial products. https://breedersbest.com/about-us/
5:30 Interview Begins
6:41 What is Breeders Best
9:40 Early Life
14:32 Education and Botany
18:40 Marriage and Adoption
22:05 Law School and Pre-Cannabis Law Career
34:02 Transition into Cannabis
45:25 Breeders Best Genesis Story
1:00:27 What is the Makeup of Cannabis
1:07:02 Plant IP
1:13:21 How Breeders Best Works with Breeders
1:15:06 Closing Questions
- “It’s the biggest R&D department in the history of Medicine”.
- “Cannabis is one of the most sophisticated sources of biochemical diversity.”
- “It’s really breathtaking the diversity of ways that this plant can bring benefits to people”
- Re: Open Cannabis Project Dissolves in Response to Controversy Over Ag-Science Company Phylos Bioscience’s Breeding Program: https://www.cannabisbusinesstimes.com/article/open-cannabis-project-dissolves-controversy-phylos-bioscience/
- Clinical Endocannabinoid Deficiency Reconsidered: Current Research Supports the Theory in Migraine, Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, and Other Treatment-Resistant Syndromes: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5576607/
Top 5 articles/interview/podcasts:
Dr. Dale Hunt, Co-Founder & CEO, Breeders Best
Brian Weber, Producer & Host, Lit Up Cannabis: A Founder’s Journey
Lit Up Cannabis: A Founder’s Journey / Lit Up Media