My dear friends and alumni,

It’s March and the plans we’ve been busy putting into place are coming to fruition! From offering classes at the upcoming California Cannabis Business Expo and sharing our knowledge at the Stepping High Festival in Jamaica to explaining the MMRSA in a new online class, Oaksterdam is rocking opportunities for cannabis learning.

Our Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones will facilitate a new half-day business program on March 5th as part of the California Cannabis Business Expo. It is very unique program for us and is geared specifically for cannabis business decision-makers including current and prospective business owners and managers of dispensaries and cultivation and manufacturing companies, as well as investors providing private equity and resources, and professional and business service providers. Long-time cannabis advocate and cultivation educator Jeff Jones and leading medical cannabis attorney Robert Raich will teach the courses covering cannabis law, legal business structures, introduction to horticulture, and a growing equipment lab.  All program participants will also have access to the day’s expo activities and networking with like-minded people. In addition, certification in this course serves as a prerequisite to OU’s advanced and elective courses.

Last year California pasted the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act (MMRSA) and it has people buzzing with more questions than answers. We are very excited to make MMRSA the topic of our first online class. MMRSA 101 will be taught by Nicole Howell Neubert, an attorney with Clark Neubert LLP, who will focus on what specifically the California Legislature passed, which agencies will administer and enforce the MMRSA, as well as those which regulate cultivation, dispensaries, manufacturing, testing, distribution, and transportation. This is an online class, so you can register for it and watch it at your leisure.  Learn More!

Oaksterdam is pleased and excited to be sponsoring the Stepping High Festival in Jamaica this coming weekend (March 5 and 6).Known as the Jamaican Ganja Cup, this festival will feature exhibitions, entertainment and education, including seminars conducted by Oaksterdam. We’ll be there teaching seminars; there’s still time to make a last-minute plans to join us! If you do, please say ‘Hi.’

Finally, we’re headed back to Las Vegas March 11th thru 14th with our four-day intensive Horticulture Seminar. OU’s expert growers Joey Ereneta and Jeff Jones and I will be teaching.  This seminar is designed for both experienced and novice growers and a ‘must-attend’ if you want to make a business out of growing cannabis.

Whew! I know these are a lot educational options from which to choose. We look forward to meeting new students and seeing OU alumni on the road and on campus!


Thank you.

Aseem thumbnailDr. Aseem Sappal
Provost & Dean of the Faculty
Oaksterdam University