Government & Public Affairs
In light of this important arc, we have established the Office of Government Relations and Public Affairs. The office builds on OU’s record of a high-quality education aimed at expanding access throughout the United States and abroad. In 2016 alone, OU’s presence reached as far as: New York, Colorado, Nevada, Jamaica and Uruguay. Our expanding presence enables us to extend our influence to these crucial objectives:
• Improving Outcomes: Promoting strategies that help make all levels of government operate more transparently and efficiently and that their expectation of regulatory compliance (such as California’s Medical Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act, commencing 2018) be democratically applied to the diverse orbit of cannabis commerce.
• Shaping Public Policy: Understanding how the entrepreneurial spirit of the cannabis movement is not immune to its own Gilded Age, where benefits either migrate to the top or become an asset against the growing income inequality that’s pervasive in America.
• Understanding Levers of Change: Tracking societal trends – political, economic, environmental, and demographic data that informs the successes and challenges of the burgeoning cannabis movement.
• Applying an Uncommon Discipline: Providing and updating subject-matter experts on cannabis science & testing, research & development, horticulture, law and security, business incubation and management, medical practicum, regulatory compliance, and more.
• Being Future Focused: Identifying reform movements, change indicators, and model policy and regulatory governance.
As society and government debate or prepare for the legitimization of cannabis-consumption and the legalization of cannabis-driven business, it reinforces OU’s mission that quality information and analysis be a driver in making this transformative change work well for everyone, and be for the public benefit.
Based on the growing global pool of OU student graduates, and the queries we receive from governments, domestic and abroad, we believe the timing is right for cannabis education to gain a strategic prominence throughout all tiers of government. You must know that which you regulate.
Who We Train
- California Board of Equalization
- The University of California System
- Sacramento State University
- San Francisco State University
- Laney & Mills Colleges
- The RAND Corporation
- The American Bar Association & the ABA Section of Taxation
- Kaiser Hospital Healthcare:
- Oncology Department
- AIDS Case Management Team
- Maternity Ward
- Labor Unions
- California Legislative Analyst’s Office
- Lieutenant Governor of California
- The Blue Ribbon Commission
- Florida Department of Health
- City of Oakland employees Continuing Medical
- Education (CME) and Legal Education (CLE) to professionals including physicians, doctors, nurses, attorneys and Certified Public Accountants
- Cities and County of Orange County
- Legislative Staff from the Assembly Appropriations
- Committee, Budget Committee, Republican Fiscal & Policy Offices, Senate Governance, Budget & Finance Committees, Senate Republican Policy & Fiscal Offices, Offices of Senate President Pro Tem, Assembly Speaker and Assembly Public Safety Committee Chair
- Cannabis Licensing Authority Board Jamaica
- Instituto de Regulación y Control del Cannabis Uruguay
- Law enforcement, clergy, realtors, investors, researchers, students, and many more
- Contra Costa Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board