Barbara Blaser

May 18, 2017

 Why have you attended Oaksterdam?

For many years I have supported the legalization movement. As a registered nurse working in the hospice field, I would periodically become aware that perhaps families were supplementing our medication with marijuana. even though they would deny it. It seemed sad that there was something available to possibly decrease pain and suffering but we could not support them using it. Now that I am retired I want to learn more and Oaksterdam is the a professional place to obtain the training.

How has it helped or inspire you?

I was stunned at all there is to learn. I think the sections on legal issues was extremely interesting. The sessions with dispensary owners was invaluable. Their patient focused presentations clearly indicated this is not just a business but a mission to improve the lives of patients with some pretty debilitating diseases. I want to know more and I need to do more! Especially for children with seizure disorders that may have hundreds of seizures a day that can be decreased using CBD.

What would you tell prospective students?

Think about where you want to be in the next six months. What do you want to do? If working in the medical marijuana field is something you are interested in then this is the place to be! You can learn everything from proper soil mixtures to grown the best plants to cooking with cannabis.

I need to tell you, if I had a seriously ill family member with a disease that was included in the law-Crohn’s Disease, HIV, Epilepsy, Arthritis and Migraines-I would attend these classes. If I could give my loved one one day one day without pain these conditions cause, I would take these classes.

I also need to tell you though…if you think you can take these classes and do something illegal, I would suggest this is not the place to come. The staff and presenters were all committed to training people who want to make a difference.



Magnolia Wellness

Magnolia Wellness is a patient centered business offering services to people with health conditions that are recognized under current legislation. Free services at Magnolia are geared provide optimal well being for patients and include massage, acupuncture and chiropractic help. Trained staff members assist patients in identifying medication to meet their individual healthcare needs.

Magnolia also maintains a food bank and has a relationship with many agencies providing additional services to our patients. There is even a barber who comes and does haircuts! WE are currently looking to expand to offer opportunities for patient groups such as monthly senior tea and a PTSD support group.

As the new clinical director I recently interviewed over 90 patients at Magnolia. Some drive from places like Fremont and Stockton because are product line and prices are great but the most frequent thing I heard was our service was amazing. Patients felt safe, they felt the staff was caring and knowledgeable. what more could a business ask for! Great products, great staff, loyal patients.

Just to finish this, many of the staff members are graduates of Oaksterdam. Thank you!

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