Robert Flannery, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO, Dr. Robb Farms

The title “doctor” is used loosely in the world of commercial cannabis, but one doctor—with the degree to back it up—is using years of scientific research to transform the industry.The first PhD in the U.S. with certified technical expertise in growing commercial cannabis, Dr. Robert Flannery has been a pioneer in the field for nearly two decades, committed to clean production from the start.

He began managing horticultural cultivation in 1999 and then went on to advise cannabis cultivators while working on his doctorate at UC Davis. Holding a degree in Plant Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Horticulture and a specific expertise in hydroponic crop optimization for cut flower, Dr. Flannery brings sound scientific methods and unparalleled expertise to his steadfast dedication to clean cannabis production.

His brainchild, Dr. Robb Farms, epitomizes his mission to provide quality, clean, pesticide-free medicine to the California market. The company was born when Dr. Flannery’s own mother was going through cancer treatment and sought recommendations for safely medicating with cannabis. He found that no existing products on the market met his high standards for his mom so he utilized his education and years of experience to inform his proprietary growing methods and create the cleanest and highest quality flower.

In addition to maintaining these stringent standards at Dr. Robb Farms, Dr. Flannery remains active in the community, serving as a Chair of the Agriculture Committee for the California Cannabis Industry Association, a mentor at Gateway, a startup incubator focused on launching companies in the cannabis industry, and is an advisor to the Dean of Agricultural Sciences at UC Davis.


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