Monthly Archives: June 2013

Chad Gilmore

Chad Gilmore Instructor: Methods of Ingestion: Extracts Chad got involved in 2002 when he came to work at the Oakland Cannabis Buyers Cooperative (OCBC). Chad is on the Board of Directors for the OCBC, now known as The Patient ID Center. Chad manages the hemp store, containing healthy assimilation devices, growing tools, as well as accessory items, all to be made of hemp or produced for cannabis and hemp technologies. … Continue reading

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Chris Conrad

Instructor: Politics & History Author, Cannabis Yields and Dosage Chris Conrad is a court-qualified expert witness on cannabis (marijuana) who has testified more than 200 times in state, military and federal courts. He is also expert on industrial hemp, religious and medical cannabis use. A curator of the Hash-Marijuana-Hemp Museum in Amsterdam, he grew and processed cannabis legally in Europe and worked at the famous Cannabis Castle. He is author … Continue reading

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Dave McCullick

Instructor: Patient Relations, Procurement & Allocation, Dispensary Operations, Business Management A US Navy Veteran, Dave opened his first dispensary called D&M Compassion Center in 2005. In 2008, Dave opened Sonoma Patient Group in Santa Rosa and sold D&M Compassion Center. Dave also sponsored Lake Counties first Medical Cannabis Cup. That same year Dave was an auditor in some of the early Oaksterdam classes and in 2009 started teaching at Oaksterdam … Continue reading

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Debby Goldsberry

Instructor:  Patient Relations, Procurement & Allocation, Dispensary Operations, Business Management Debby Goldsberry is a leader 25 years strong in the medical cannabis industry and marijuana policy reform. She co-founded the Berkeley Patients Group (BPG) medical cannabis collective in 1999, setting the gold standard for best practices and community involvement. Directing its growth over 11 years, averaging 70 employees and up to 1,000 customer visits per day, Ms. Goldsberry developed and implemented … Continue reading

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Deidra Bagdasarian “Miss Bliss”

Instructor: Methods of Ingestion: Cooking Deidra Bagdasarian started her advocacy and involvement in the marijuana legalization movement with Phoenix NORML. Inspired by the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis, and paired with her background as a baker and caterer, she was naturally drawn to edibles. She set out to demystify the art of cannabis extraction and create something beyond edible, something that could be called bliss. Her highly successful results … Continue reading

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Ed Rosenthal

Instructor: Horticulture 102 Mr. Rosenthal is the pothead’s answer to Ann Landers, Judge Judy, Martha Stewart and the Burpee Garden Wizard all in one.” –NY Times January 2003. Ed Rosenthal is recognized worldwide as an authority on marijuana. He has studied and written about the plant for more than 35 years. His books cover gardening, law and social policy, and have cumulatively sold over two million copies. Rosenthal is a … Continue reading

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Felicia Shaw

Instructor: Topical Applications Felicia is the owner of Mystic Herbal Body Care and has been making Topical Cannabis products that have been stocked in 15 cannabis clubs in the bay area including Harborside Health Center. She also has one body care shop in the downtown area. Felicia has been a “Soap Crafter” for over 8 years. She is also a graduate from Oaksterdam University 2009 where she was inspired to … Continue reading

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James Clark, Esq.

Professor: Legal 101, Civics 102 For more than a decade, James Clark has been dedicated to fighting on behalf of the victims of America’s “war on drugs.” As an attorney, he has devoted his practice for six years on litigating constitutional, civil, and human rights issues in state and federal courts. His focus is on defending people accused of cannabis related crimes, with the vast majority of his cases involving … Continue reading

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James Silva, Esq

Professor: Legal 101, Civics 102 James Silva is a cancer survivor and a defense attorney with an office in Oakland, California. Mr. Silva’s practice is dedicated to the defense of people who use cannabis for medicinal purposes, consultations with qualified patients and primary caregivers who intend to associate to collectively or cooperatively under the protections of California’s emerging and evolving medical cannabis laws, and issues regarding the reform of local, … Continue reading

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Jeff Jones

Instructor: Horticulture, Advocacy, Methods of Ingestion: Extracts Jeff Jones has provided expertise in the medical cannabis field to Californians for over twenty years.  Jeff’s horticulture knowledge, troubleshooting skills and easy manner make learning the basics easy for beginners and a challenge for the experts.  Jeff co-founded the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative (OCBC) in 1995 simultaneously creating the downtown cannabis-friendly area known as “Oaksterdam” (named after the first two cities to … Continue reading

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Joey Ereneta

Lead Horticulture Instructor Horticulture 101 & Horticulture 102 Joey has been an avid cultivator, teacher and cannabis liberation activist for the last 20 years. He began his work with medical cannabis in 1994, while attending U.C. Berkeley, when he collaborated with the folks at Cannabis Action Network, who were providing underground care to Bay Area medical patients. Through years of local and statewide political involvement, Joey also worked as a health and … Continue reading

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Kali Grech, Esq

Professor: Legal 101 and Civics 102 Kali S. Grech knew her passion and calling to practice Marijuana Defense at a young age. She worked hard to realize her dream and now enjoys her work, and successes, immensely. Kali earned her JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2005, and thereafter, spent time working as a public defender and as an associate attorney at a criminal defense … Continue reading

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Kyle Kushman

Kyle Kushman Instructor: Horticulture, Veganics Kyle Kushman is an internationally renowned marijuana cultivator whose collaborations have earned 13 Medical Cannabis Cups awards, including three US Cannabis Cups for Best Flowers. All awards were earned by utilizing Kushman’s Vegamatrix, winner of the coveted STASH Award from High Times Magazine in 2014, hailed as the best new nutrient on the market. Kyle Kushman is a 30 year veteran of Organic Cannabis Cultivation. After working the Q&A … Continue reading

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Lauren Vazquez, Esq

Professor: Legal Business Structures, Legal 101, Civics 102 Lauren Vazquez is the Fired Up Lawyer. She has worked for nearly a decade to end cannabis prohibition and advance alternatives to the failed war on drugs. Her law practice focuses on the medical cannabis community providing advice and legal services to advocacy groups, collectives, cooperatives, vendors, and cultivators. Lauren is currently helping to organize patients and the community to support Oaksterdam … Continue reading

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Paul Armentano

Professor: Science Paul Armentano is the Deputy Director of NORML, the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana laws, and a Senior Policy Advisor at Freedom Leaf, Inc. His writing and research have appeared in over 750 publications, scholarly and/or peer-reviewed journals, as well as in more than a dozen textbooks and anthologies. He is the co-author of the book Marijuana is Safer: So Why Are We Driving People to … Continue reading

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