Medical marijuana is a 15 billion dollar per year industry in California alone.  Estimates show that Californians grow more than 20 million pot plants annually.  Since the 1996 passing of Proposition 215 medical marijuana has become a thriving business.  There are over 200,000 designated legal users and many legal dispensaries for them to choose from.  It is only fitting that the marijuana business should have a trade school.


The Oaksterdam University is located in downtown Oakland’s Oaksterdam district, an area known for pot coffee shops, clubs and dispensaries.  Curriculum includes learning different kinds of marijuana and their effects, horticulture techniques, cannabusiness (economics), cooking/concentrates, glass blowing,  legal issues and politics.  The Oaksterdam University website says after completion of the classes you can list your new education on your resume and dispensaries are able to call the school to confirm.  “basic idea is to try to professionalize the industry and have it taken seriously as a real industry, just like beer and distilling hard alcohol,” said Richard Lee, 45, an activist and pot-dispensary owner who founded the school in a downtown storefront last fall.


There are four campuses throughout California and they are looking into online courses.  I hope they will accept Canadians.