In a recent podcast episode for Ganjapreneur.com, Reggie Gaudino recently joined show host Shango Los for an interview to discuss the science and politics behind cannabis breeding, the realities of patenting cannabis strains, and how “Big Marijuana” is going to change the landscape of cannabis business when Federal law changes. Reggie Gaudino is Vice President of Scientific Operations and Director of Intellectual Property at Steep Hill, a California-based laboratory that has arguably set the standard for quality cannabis testing services.
According to Reggie, cannabis patents are not only on the horizon, but they’re actually closer than most people would imagine. He predicts that the moment cannabis shifts away from its current Schedule 1 restrictions, major corporations like Monsanto and Dow Agrosciences are going to step in and attempt to overtake the market.
“The message that Steep Hill is trying to get out is… if you’re a breeder, the best thing that you can be doing right now is breeding your butt off,” Reggie said. “The only thing left then is to put your stake in the ground and to really protect your strains so that when everything that’s on the shelves now becomes open source, you have something better to offer the community.”
The full podcast episode is available via iTunes and at Ganjapreneur.com, where there are also full transcripts of this and previous episodes.
Ganjapreneur launched in July 2014 and has since established a significant presence in the cannabis business world. The website regularly publishes interviews and commentary from leading minds in the industry, and has also launched a B2B business directory, a live feed of job listings from marijuana job boards, a domain name marketplace for start-ups and venture capital firms, and a mobile app for Apple and Android devices.