One day early in 2017, Dr David Stapleton sat down at his desk to begin work. He opened his inbox to an unexpected email: “Hi David, I want to make cannabis products, can we talk?”. A respected scientist with 25 years of experience as Senior Researcher at The University of Melbourne, with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, who had worked all around the world from Denmark to Canada, his initial reaction was a perfectly reasonable “what the hell is this crazy nonsense?”. He’d never touched the plant, never mind inhaled. But he had a feeling that there was something there. So he picked up the phone.
This was the beginning of Dr Dave’s journey into the wonderful world of cannabis.
On the other end of the phone line, Richard Jameson started talking. Since 2013, the serial entrepreneur and Founder of the Cannabis Company had been following developments in the United States with growing fascination while educating himself on the health benefits of the cannabis plant. He knew that Australia needed cannabis, but making that dream a reality was proving harder than he’d ever imagined. After hitting many dead ends, primarily due to a lack of education in Australia around the cannabis space, followed by a fruitless search contacting people in the industry overseas, Richie was at the end of his tether…but all along, the answer was right under his nose here in Melbourne. Serendipitous circumstance made him aware of Dr Dave.
He knew that Australia needed cannabis, but making that dream a reality was proving harder than he’d ever imagined.
Richie realised that he’d found the scientific brain he’d been searching for.
Taking note that Dr Dave’s phone number began with the prophetic numbers “0420”, Richie realised that he’d found the scientific brain he’d been searching for. That initial conversation lit a fire under Dr Dave. A world-class researcher whose work had previous been funded in excess of $1M, he brought curiosity and ethical rigour to the table. It helped that he happened to be a bit of a mad scientist. Dr Dave soon fell in love with “The Tree of Life” due to its unparalleled benefits for health and nutrition alongside its environmentally sustainable properties.
Research was carried out, products were developed and a series of chance encounters led to a meeting between Dr. Dave and Cormac Sheehan. An ethical business consultant with a decade's experience in the Australian health industry, Cormac just happened to have recently benefitted from the life-changing effects of CBD. With the final member of the team in place, The Cannabis Company was complete – it was time to take Our Mission to the world.