Trusted Leaders in Cannabis Education & Certification

Our horticulture and business courses are crafted by the entrepreneurs who shape the industry and the advocates who launched the medical cannabis movement — offering students leading-edge education with a historical context that no other school can match.

The First Cannabis College

Since 2007, OU has been setting the bar for academic rigor and applied learning in cannabis education

Renowned Instructors

Our faculty features award-winning cultivators, recognized business leaders, and the passionate advocates who shape the modern cannabis industry

50k+ Alumni Worldwide

Our vast network of alumni includes influential professionals and policy makers working in every segment of the industry around the globe

Recognized industry-wide for our rigorous academic learning environment, we have something to offer cannabis professionals at every experience level

From the earliest days of the medical cannabis movement in North America, Oaksterdam University has been committed to our mission of providing students with the knowledge and skills they need to lead and succeed in the industry.

Today, with more than 50,000 alumni worldwide, we are the most recognized name in cannabis education. Our cross-disciplinary curriculum covers the most recent developments in cultivation, business, and policy but is grounded in the legacy of the cannabis legalization movement. We offer students a historical perspective, examining how prohibition has shaped the industry and how it continues to influence it today.

As a student, you will join our vast community of successful entrepreneurs, experienced professionals, and seasoned advocates who set the tone and pace of the modern cannabis industry.

Flexible Learning Options

Learn alongside your peers in real time in a virtual classroom setting, or at your own pace with our rich catalogue of on-demand online courses

Live Classroom

Learn in our virtual classroom with live-streaming lectures and interactive chat

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Live Webinars

Attend our live webinars for up to date and current information on important cannabis topics

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Self-Paced Courses

Learn at your own pace anytime, anywhere with our on-demand online courses

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What We Offer

Our students benefit from an unmatched educational experience, learning from the world’s most respected cannabis professionals and surrounded by peers with a wide array of backgrounds, perspectives and talents. 

Comprehensive Curriculum

Our cross-disciplinary course offerings cover every aspect of the industry, from cultivation to business to public policy

Realworld Projects

Apply your skills in exercises based on real-life scenarios that prepare you for a career in cannabis

Grow Demos

Watch master cultivators demonstrate proven cultivation techniques in both live and on-demand video

Resources for Success

We offer a range of tools to support your educational goals, including progress tracking, mastery exercises, and dedicated student support staff

Certification Program

Demonstrate your skills and knowledge with an OU certification, which is widely recognized among employers in the cannabis industry

Job Board

Students and alumni have access to our cannabis industry job board, which contains exclusive career opportunities

Our Instructors

Our faculty features award-winning cultivators, recognized business leaders, and passionate advocates who shaped the early medical cannabis movement in California and who continue to set the pace and tone for the modern commercial cannabis industry.

Our instructors are widely recognized as experts and influencers in their respective fields, and their advice has been sought by policymakers and regulators around the world.

Paul Armentano

Chair of Science

Lauren Vazquez, Esq.

Chair of Legal

Sarah Shrader

Business

Joey Ereneta

Chair of Horticulture

Stefanie Gangano, Ph.D.

Manufacturing

Noah Hirsch

Horticulture

What Our Students Are Saying

"Highly recommended and an excellent value for anyone wanting to enter this industry"

"The quality of instruction is what impressed me most about these courses. That, and the quality of networking and social interaction with the other students."

"This is an amazing movement to take part in. The level of education you receive is outstanding. So happy with the staff, the networking, experience, and professionalism that I experienced at Oaksterdam."

"The experience was amazing. The Staff members lectures were informative and interactive. I have a much better understanding of the industry and where I would like to get involved."

"In the last 10 years, OU has been the pioneer for Cannabis education ... I cannot believe how many successful and knowledgeable professionals today that started at Oaksterdam. "

Cannabis & hemp are complicated, we make it easier.

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Certification Program

Demonstrate your knowledge with an OU certification, widely recognized among employers in the industry

Certification

Live Classroom

Learn in our virtual classroom with live-streaming lectures and interactive chat

Live Classroom

Self-Paced Courses

Learn at your own pace anytime, anywhere with our on-demand online courses

Self-Paced Courses

Pioneers of Cannabis Policy Reform

Oaksterdam leaders and faculty are pioneers and continue to lead in social justice, policy reform, equity, advocacy, and education. OU has educational roots going back to our founders fighting for medical patient rights to the US Supreme Court on behalf of medical cannabis patients in the 1990s. Oaksterdam became a community center for meetings for many advocacy and business groups, as well as support and education for patients around the world. OU and our Alumni have played a vital role in revitalizing neighborhoods, both serving and hiring the local community.

Our faculty helped write:

  • California’s Proposition 215 (1996),
  • Senate Bill 420 (2004),
  • Medical Cannabis Regulation & Safety Act (2015),
  • Adult Use Marijuana Act (2016)
  • and multiple state ballot initiatives and laws.

We continue to advise on the legislation and regulation of cannabis by local, state, and international governments and agencies. Regulators, elected officials, local governments, and city employees have been studying with Oaksterdam for years to determine their regulatory practices and taxation plans. 

We Don’t Change the World, Our Students Do

Oaksterdam is trusted. The “big tent,” OU leaders work with many different groups and vastly different special interests to find common ground and inclusiveness where it may have previously been difficult or even impossible. OU has a proven track record of successful inclusivity and intentional diversity in hiring faculty, staff, and leadership. Alumni also exhibit this variety of every age, ethnicity, educational, and socio-economic backgrounds.

What Our Students Are Saying

"Highly recommended and an excellent value for anyone wanting to enter this industry"

"The quality of instruction is what impressed me most about these courses. That, and the quality of networking and social interaction with the other students."

"This is an amazing movement to take part in. The level of education you receive is outstanding. So happy with the staff, the networking, experience, and professionalism that I experienced at Oaksterdam."

"The experience was amazing. The Staff members lectures were informative and interactive. I have a much better understanding of the industry and where I would like to get involved."

"In the last 10 years, OU has been the pioneer for Cannabis education ... I cannot believe how many successful and knowledgeable professionals today that started at Oaksterdam. "

Cannabis & hemp are complicated, we make it easier.

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