Cannabis firms race to clinch edge in pot sector’s next phase of growth: intellectual property

Greg Baute realized two years ago that he was stuck in the wrong job. He was working in Monsanto’s vegetable seed division in Central Valley, Calif., researching the genetic traits of tomatoes and how they could be used in the global tomato-breeding pipeline. Then California in November 2016 voted to legalize recreational cannabis.

“There was more known about tomatoes 100 years ago than there is about cannabis today from a genetics perspective,” Baute said, over the phone from his home on Vancouver Island. “I saw the opportunity to do some really super fun experiments with it.”

In January, he made the leap, becoming director of Breeding and Genetics at Anandia Labs Inc. — one of the oldest cannabis research centres in Canada — which was recently acquired by industry giant Aurora Cannabis Inc.