Chancellor’s Chat April 2017

Alumni, family and friends, Oaksterdam University is celebrating ten years in 2017!  With the fifth anniversary of the federal raid on Oaksterdam over this past weekend, we encourage you to take a moment to reflect on the efforts put in over the last ten years across...

Chancellor’s Chat March 2017

I am a “bad news first” type, good news after, so here we go…  Attorney General Jeff Sessions has now mentioned cannabis twice in the past week, most recently speaking at the National Association of Attorneys General’s annual winter meeting on February 28th....

Chancellor’s Chat: February 2017

The next couple of years will be crucial for the future of legal cannabis businesses, here in California and across the country. Policy wins in 2016 for 8 out of 9 cannabis reform initiatives, totalling 28 states nationwide, certainly boded well… however the...

Chancellor’s Chat: January 2017

Forget all the unpleasant experiences of the previous year and look forward to the happy things in store for you.  The New Year is the perfect time to unfold new horizons. Rediscover the strength and courage that lies within you and continue to move forward.  With...

Chancellor’s Chat: December 2016

With Gun-Giving So Popular This Time of Year…Know There is a ‘Cannabis Exception’ to the U.S. Constitution “Warning: The use or possession of marijuana remains unlawful under Federal law regardless of whether it has been legalized or decriminalized for medicinal or...

Chancellor’s Chat: November 2016

Why your vote for cannabis is so important this year – a wounded veteran’s perspective 2016 can be the year the tide is turned in the United States against the irrational, wasteful, and frankly harmful prohibition on cannabis. Five states, all of which currently have...

Dean’s Discussion: October 2016

My dear friends and alumni, Drug policy reform is not just an issue within our own borders. Jamaica is making great strides to legitimize the use of cannabis in its country. After decades of harsh drug laws, this famous Caribbean island has decriminalized small...

Chancellor’s Chat: September 2016

History is made this week at Rehoboth Elementary School in Sussex County. Governor Markell signed Senate Bill 181 into effect, which legalizes medical marijuana oils on school premises in the state of Delaware.  Freedom fighters Jamie Maedler and her 10 year-old...

Chancellor’s Chat: August 2016

To Ask Permission or Beg Forgiveness? Ouch.  It looks like Nevada’s medical cannabis reciprocity law could shut out most California medical cannabis patients—that is, if the recommendations from the Nevada Attorney General are put into play. Just this week, AG Adam...

Chancellor’s Chat: July 2016

Oaksterdam is 20 years old this month! Have you been to Oakland recently? Our fair city is thriving and becoming more beautiful each year. The renovated Fox Theater opened in 2009 with OU’s support and restaurants have sprouted up around it. The Hive, which is a city...

Chancellor’s Chat: June 2016

I recently had the privilege of participating in a debate at the Spring 2016 Marijuana Business Conference & Expo in Orlando, Florida. My worthy opponent Wanda James, the CEO of Simply Pure Colorado, and I both had to be prepared to tackle either side of the...

Chancellor’s Chat: May 2016

Chancellor’s Chat May 2016 As I write this, I can’t help but feel more admiration for the City of Oakland, the home of Oaksterdam University. It was the first city in the country to permit and regulate the front of the house in terms of selling medical cannabis, and...