Launched on January 8, 2020, Oaksterdam University’s Business of Cannabis online course provides the most comprehensive education available for entering or competing in the cannabis industry. This certificate program is the first of its kind, designed to prepare students as well as help professionals who are transitioning to a cannabis career. The curriculum covers what you need to know as an employee, advocate, or employer starting a new business in any of the 33 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have legalized cannabis use in some form.
The Business of Cannabis online course features seven learning modules developed by cannabis industry leaders. Each module contains resources, presentations, and mastery exercises that reinforce the learning material, requiring around 35 hours to complete the course learning objectives. Subject areas covered by the course include but are not exclusive to:
- The historical use of cannabis
- Politics and law
- Scientific research
- Cannabis safety and efficacy
- The endocannabinoid system
- The therapeutic value of cannabis
- Extraction processes
- Cannabis products and methods of ingestion
- Commercial cultivation requirements and regulations
- Economic principles in cannabis markets
- Business startup and management
- The importance of ongoing advocacy
“The Business of Cannabis course is unlike any curriculum today, curated and revised over thirteen years of person-to-person classroom experience at Oaksterdam,” says Chancellor Dale Sky Jones. “The cannabis industry is becoming more crowded and competitive with each year, and so it is vital to set yourself and your team up for success with the best knowledge and information within your reach. We are making this exciting curriculum available online for the very first time, so that anyone, no matter where they live, can be a student.”
Oaksterdam University is America’s first cannabis college, with educational roots beginning in 1995. With over 40,000 alumni worldwide, Oaksterdam has established itself as the world’s leading academic institution and policy brain-trust for cannabis.