Robert E. Hunt
Co-founder Robert E. Hunt has more than 10 years of experience in the cannabis industry as an attorney, a consultant, and a serial entrepreneur. He is licensed to practice law in Colorado. Specializing in legislative and policy issues, Rob has helped his clients navigate a rapidly evolving legal landscape.
Rob was a founding Partner, and the Lead Industry Executive of Tuatara Capital, the world’s largest private equity firm dedicated to cannabis based businesses. In this role Mr. Hunt was responsible for leading Tuatara’s deal generation efforts, operational due diligence and the execution of new investments. He remains a member of the General Partnership.
As an expert in and an advocate for the cannabis industry, Mr. Hunt has been interviewed by media outlets as diverse as: The BBC, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Entrepreneur, Fortune, US News & World Report, NBC News, ABC News, The Street, BuzzFeed, MarketWatch, Vice, PC Magazine, Wired, Equities.com, The Boston Business Journal, The Boston Herald, MMJ Business Daily, CNN Money, Ozy and The Cannabis Financial Network as well as numerous other publications and media outlets. He has authored articles for a number of publications including Hydrolife Magazine, Urban Garden and Marijuana Business Daily. Rob has also been a featured panelist for the Conference of Western Attorney Generals, BIO, The National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA), The Marijuana Business Daily National summit, The International Cannabis Association, The Cannabis World Congress and Business Expo as well as many other conventions. He also teaches continuing legal education (“CLE”) classes for The American Lawyer (AmLaw) on cannabis law and policy.
Previously, Rob was the owner and CEO of Rocky Mountain Hydroponics in Colorado, and Evergreen Garden Centers in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. Rob tailored his company to specialize in organic and hydroponic growing methodology to help maximize yields at commercial cultivation centers. Over the course of four years, Mr. Hunt grew his business from one location to seven and significantly increased revenue over each year of leadership before selling the business to GrowLife, Inc. where he served as both the President of the retail division and a director until the early part of 2014.
Mr. Hunt was formerly the Chairman of the Coalition for Responsible Patient Care, based in MA, where he spearheaded the initiative to help develop and implement the fledgling medical cannabis market in the Commonwealth. He was the principal developer of cannabis.org, a website focused on changing the scheduling of cannabis away from being a schedule I drug on the federal government’s list of controlled substances. Rob still authors all of the written commentary on the cannabis.org Facebook page (hyperlink) where he has an audience of close to 18,000 readers.
Mr. Hunt graduated Suffolk University Law School in 2007 where in his final year he completed a semester long independent study about the disparity between state and federal law as it pertains to cannabis. Rob graduated with a B.A. from the University of Vermont in 2003 where he was the Speaker of the Student Senate and active in fighting against laws that prevented students with prior arrests for drug possession from being able to obtain federally-backed student loans.
Co founder Jake Schrader has been involved in the legal cannabis industry since 2012. He is a co-founder and the managing member of Articulated Investors, LLC, an entity created to own and lease various types of properties back to license holders in those states whose regulatory frameworks satisfy the criteria of the Cole Memorandum.
Articulated was the 40th member of the Arcview Network, and Jake has remained active in the Arcview community, attending conferences in 5 states since 2013. He has worked to establish relationships with many license holders, and as a result of these relationships has been able to wisely choose industry participants on whose behalf it makes sense to invest in real estate.
Via Articulated, Jake has worked with some of the largest, and best known licensed operators in the legal cannabis industry, and has grown the portfolio of properties to five at the largest point, though some of those have been sold earlier than originally anticipated due to unexpected the increase in real estate prices. Jake has also made several direct investments into licensed businesses. All of these are passive investments, but due to the constantly evolving nature of the legal cannabis industry, he has been involved to a greater degree than would otherwise be found in most other industries. These investments led Jake to begin providing consulting services in the legal cannabis industry as well.
A graduate of Columbia University and the Benjamin Cardozo School of Law, Jake went on to work in finance for almost two decades. The majority of that time was spent as a partner at Cantor Fitzgerald, where he was responsible for the non-US cash business out of New York.