About Oaksterdam University

Founded in 2007 in Oakland, California, Oaksterdam University is America’s first cannabis college. Since opening its doors, OU has been a forerunner in providing the highest quality and most comprehensive training available for the cannabis community and industry. Oaksterdam’s faculty is comprised of some of the most recognized professionals, attorneys, academics, cultivators and entrepreneurs. With the world’s only hands-on training facility and over 30,000 alumni from around the globe, Oaksterdam has established itself as the world’s premier cannabis college.

Why Oaksterdam University?


  • Over 30,000 graduates from over 30 countries
  • Over 150 faculty members
  • Indoor & outdoor horticulture training
  • Business, medical & legal courses available
  • Hands-on education, horticulture labs & grow room design
  • Network with professionals & establish roots in the industry
  • Industry pioneers & authors of Prop 215 & Senate Bill 420
  • Our faculty are the most recognized in the industry
  • Our Alumni are the most active in the world
  • We don’t just teach the law, we helped write it

Horticulture


Our Horticulture program is designed for anyone looking to learn everything from seed to harvest. Our courses will begin with cultivation law, giving you the opportunity to learn about the law as it pertains to growing, ensuring that you operate safely and responsibly. Classes consist of slide presentations and lectures by industry leaders. Each class is accompanied with a hands on lab with plants in all stages.

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Classic


The Classic program is a diverse curriculum offering courses within all sectors of the Cannabis industry including business, history, law, economics and science. Industry leaders and pioneers lend their expertise on the legal, political, scientific and economic perspectives of the cannabis plant and the businesses creating this industry. Students who complete this program will have a better understanding of the business behind the plant and ways to engage in this emerging new industry.

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State of Marijuana

Los Angeles • August 26-27 

The State of Marijuana is a landmark event that gathers influential entrepreneurs, advocates, investors and government officials across multiple focused panel discussions and business workshops. This high-level event will feature an unrivaled, international speaker line-up and showcase the very best state-of-the-art grow facilities, technology, medical marijuana applications and policy initiatives.

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California Cannabis Business Conference

Anaheim, CA • September 21-22
CCIA and NCIA will be co-hosting the inaugural California Cannabis Business Conference from September 21st – 22nd in Anaheim, CA.

The only state-wide industry association trade show preparing California cannabis businesses for success in the largest adult-use market in the world. The California Cannabis Business Conference unifies the Golden State and brings together seasoned industry leaders to convene on best business practices and operations.

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Marijuana Business Conference & Expo

Las Vegas, Nov 14-17
The industry's largest and longest-running national tradeshow continues to grow, welcoming 3,500 cannabis business leaders and investors, more than 275 exhibitors exhibitors and exclusive sessions from 60 insiders.

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ICBC Kauai

Kauai • December 1, 2, 3

The International Cannabis Business Conferences (ICBC) stands in a league of its own. Beginning in California and Oregon five years ago, the ICBC has since branched out across the globe, offering premier networking and learning opportunities in each respective area we travel. With its high-end production, world-class speakers, and legendary performers and networking parties, the ICBC is responsible for tens of millions of dollars in business being brokered during and subsequent to our events. From the U.S. to Europe to Canada to Australia, the ICBC has an event that caters to you and your company's needs. Deciding on which industry conference to attend? Decide no further. The one and only International Cannabis Business Conference.

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Rastafari Rootzfest

Negril, Jamaica Dec 15-17
Rastafari Rootzfest is a four day Rastafari celebratory event, comprising of consumer expo, trade show, live music, activism, seminars, entertainment and this year will host High Times Jamaica World Cannabis Cup competition - the world's foremost Ganja festival now in its 27th year.

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News & Events

Dean’s Discussion August 2017

Dean’s Discussion August 2017

To apply or not to apply, that is the question that perhaps many of you are asking yourselves. There are permit application processes ...

Oaksterdam University Launches Big Rock Minority Scholarships Investing in the Cannabis Workforce

Oaksterdam University Launches Big Rock Minority Scholarships Investing in the Cannabis Workforce

Oaksterdam University​ is proud to announce the launch of a $25,000 Big Rock Minority Scholarship.

State of Marijuana

State of Marijuana

Los Angeles • August 26-27

California Cannabis Business Conference

California Cannabis Business Conference

Anaheim, CA • September 21-22

Marijuana Business Conference & Expo

Marijuana Business Conference & Expo

Las Vegas • Nov. 14-17, 2017

Concerns Raised Over Growing California Pot Surplus

Concerns Raised Over Growing California Pot Surplus

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A marijuana industry leader says California is growing way too much pot, leaving the state with questions about what

Dean’s Discussion July 2017

Dean’s Discussion July 2017

Greetings Oaksterdam community, I trust we all had a wonderful Fourth of July. There’s nothing like celebrating freedom especially when

Grant Butherus

Grant Butherus

I attended the classic and horticulture semester programs in January 2017 in Oakland, California. After graduating, I'm now working ...

International Cannabis Business Conference

International Cannabis Business Conference

Kauai, Hawaii • Dec 1, 2, 3

Rastafari Rootzfest

Rastafari Rootzfest

Jamaica • Dec 15-17, 2017

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