CLASSIC SEMINAR2 - 4 Days
Understand your rights, responsibilities, and regulatory issues at the local, state and federal level
Science & Economics
Communicate the research and debunk the myths with facts
Advocacy & Action
Know how to advocate for your business, and work with your local government & community
Learn best practices for starting any cannabusiness, maintaining good operations and employee relations
Discover the action on the front lines of working with patients and consumers
The Classic Seminar
The Classic seminar offers quality cannabis education to enable students to become responsible patients, educated voters, prepared advocates & able business owners. The Classic program is tailored to cover the various outlets of the industry: Classes will cover topics from General Education, Politics & History, Science, and Law to Business Management, Operations, Extraction Processes and Horticulture. The Classic Seminar is 2 – 4 days long, comprised of 18 individual classes. Classes meet Saturday – Sunday (Basic) and Monday – Tuesday (Advanced).
*The Basic Classic Seminar is a prerequisite of the Advanced Classic Seminar
The Business Department
The mission of the Business Department is to prepare students for careers in the Cannabis industry. Our faculty include industry leaders and professionals bringing first hand knowledge and expertise to the subjects they teach. Our vast network of teachers and alumni, enhance the learning experience by providing students an opportunity to engage and network with industry professionals.
Civics Know Your Rights Workshop
Unlock justice and secure your freedom during police encounters! This class includes skits that simulate encounters with law enforcement. Students will see the knowledge learned in Legal 101 & Civics 101 applied in action. Experienced instructors teach examples of common encounters and teach you specific wording. Most people give up their constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement. These mistakes are avoidable and costly! For everyone in the cannabis industry, this class is essential to know your legal rights and explore the “gray areas” in order to do risk analysis and make informed decisions. This class is a must for anyone in the cannabis industry.
Classic Seminar Class Descriptions
Legal 101 – Federal vs State Law
An important introduction to the legal issues surrounding medical cannabis and the cannabis industry. Learn about the laws that govern cannabis distribution, cultivation, possession, and consumption for adults and medical patients. Have your questions answered by prominent cannabis lawyers, many of which helped write the law. Grasp the difference between state & federal law and what each means for you. Learn how to behave safely and responsibly under California and Federal Law.
Understand how to become a qualified patient, or recognize one. Review your rights under the law, including how to exercise your rights when navigating police encounters successfully. Learn your civic rights and responsibilities to positively contribute to our community and the cannabis industry.
Politics and History of Cannabis
Cannabis is the world’s first cash crop with proven use that dates back over 10,000 years. The use of cannabis, and the industry that has developed, comes from long and complicated struggle of social, political, and medical activism and awareness. Learn about the political history of cannabis, and the key players and policies that have shaped the policy as we know it today. Learn the history and politics of the Cannabis movement, and figure out what part you play in the future of regulation and reform.
Know Your Rights Workshop
Unlock justice and secure your freedom during police encounters! This class includes skits that simulate encounters with law enforcement. Students will see the knowledge learned in Legal 101 & Civics 101 applied in action. Experienced instructors teach examples of common encounters and teach you specific wording to use when confronted by police. Most people give up their constitutional rights during encounters with law enforcement. These mistakes are avoidable and costly! This class is essential to know your legal rights and explore the gray areas; in order to do risk analysis and make informed decisions. This class is a must for anyone in the cannabis industry.
Eighty percent of Americans agree that the current policy of prohibition has failed. Oaksterdam University Students, Alumni, Volunteers, Faculty, Staff and Instructors are working hard with local and state government to make safer communities through the regulation of cannabis. Learn how to facilitate the discussion about the economics of regulating cannabusiness. Review the macroeconomic aspects of past, current, and future cannabis laws, regulations and markets.
No movement can change the course of history without advocacy. In the collective quest for social, legal and political acceptance of Cannabis use, advocacy has played a crucial role in shifting the perception of cannabis. What does advocacy look like under this administration? Which organizations are leading the way to end prohibition? How can YOU get involved advocating for your rights as a patient or a business?
Methods of Ingestion – Topical Applications
Using cannabis-infused topicals can bring immediate relief to pain. Students will learn as evident through history and science, there is a connection between cannabis and pain management through the use of topical treatments. This class will also discuss Endocannabinoid system and the ways topicals work within the body. As the industry continues to grow, so do the requirements for labelling and the importance of quality products and ingredients. Learn the process of creating cannabis-infused topicals for yourself and hear about the business behind the product.
Methods of Ingestion – Extracts and Vaporization
Learn the benefits and history of extracted medicine, the science behind it, and the different extraction methods and equipment used. Learn how the vaporization process works, various types of vaporizers, and be able to explain to your doctor how this alternative method to ingest cannabis is safer than smoking and easier to titrate than edibles.
Methods of Ingestion – Cooking with Cannabis
Hundreds of alternatives to smoking cannabis are now available, including confections, cheesecakes, salad dressings, beverages, and more. Become versed in the basics of cooking with cannabis in a classroom setting. Learn how to cook at home with whole plant medicine and extracts, regulate and titrate dosages, and how to make cannabutter step-by-step. Learn from long-time cannabis cooks and professional chefs.
Horticulture 101 – Growing Safely and Responsibly
Learn the basics of how to grow cannabis. This course covers everything needed to get going and produce or improve your personal cannabis harvest. Instructors will detail the basics of watering, lighting, ventilation, life cycles, and equipment options. Indoor and outdoor information is included, as well as hydroponics and organic options. Even experienced folks can learn from this presentation about cuttings, pest and pathogen control, smell abatement, security, pH balance, and drying/curing.
Instructors continue the subjects begun in the first horticulture class for more comprehension and going commercial. This course is for the experienced grower or any student who has completed Horticulture 101. New topics include seed germination, clone/cutting production, and examples of automatic systems and CO2 systems. This class takes your grow to a larger scale, or commercial cultivation, and offers tips and tricks to maximize your productivity.
Science of Cannabis
This class will present an overview of the peer-reviewed scientific literature relevant to the therapeutic efficacy and relative safety of cannabis. Know the facts, learn the science! Be trained to debunk commonly cited studies against cannabis and review studies in the past that have impacted the social environment surrounding cannabis today. Discuss emerging ethical and political issues surrounding research. Discover new therapeutic uses and explore the clinical benefits, research summaries, and scientific applications of cannabis.
Starting and operating a successful cannabusiness requires an understanding of management and the documents needed to establish your business. Different kinds of companies exist in this new Cannabis industry, we discuss successful business management models, and overview how to write a business plan. Learn the steps needed to take a great business idea and make into a successful cannabusiness reality.
Procurement and Allocation
Discuss how to get product from providers to patients. The process begins with safe transportation and includes grading, weighing, and storage. In some places it is more regulated than others. The instructor will discuss how to grade your product and determine value. With legalization comes regulation and new systems are being put in place to track and trace this process. This class is particularly important for inventory managers and those interested in learning about how the product is delivered and dispensed in California.
Dispensary and Business Operations
So what does it really take to run a successful business in the cannabis industry? Learn about Job #1: Security! Hear from long time dispensary operators on how to manage and train personnel for excellent customer service and patient privacy. In addition to best practices for internal business operations, now is the time to also engage with the larger community. Learn how to build strong community relations and discuss ways to reinvest in your surrounding community.
Budtender and Patient Relations
Sometimes a patient's first experience in the cannabis industry is with a budtender. This interaction can set the tone for the patient's feelings on cannabis as medicine and the entire industy. Learn the importance of building a lasting relationship of trust and respect with the patient and the customer in a safe and relaxed atmosphere. Understand the role and responsibilities of the Budtender and the importance of having well trained staff that can stay informed and relevant about the new procedures and trends in the Medical Cannabis industry.
Cannabusiness 102 – Legal Business Structures
As the Cannabis industry continues to grow, there are many different businesses being developed. Commercial grow, dispensary, cannabis edibles company, clone provider, delivery service, ancillary and service companies, or any of the numerous cannabusinesses yet to develop in this industry, understanding the process to obtain city, county, state permits and licenses is valuable. Legal Business Structures, and standard business issues such as payroll, sales tax, worker’s compensation, health insurance, and other requirements for operating a business are covered. Lawyers share firsthand experience and knowledge. Current political issues and local politics are explained, including reference to the current laws and future regulations.
As the cannabis industry develops intellectual property becomes increasingly important to cannabis businesses. This development poses new questions for business owners like how do you develop and protect your brand — your trademark — in an industry that is federally unlawful? What about the other forms of intellectual property (IP)? How do copyrights, patents, trade secrets, and geographical indicators function in the cannabis industry, and can cannabis business owners take advantage of IP protection? Learn about the IP challenges cannabis entrepreneurs face in light federal prohibition and rules that vary from state to state. Hear from leading industry attorneys who focus their practice on IP and find out how to set yourself up for strong IP protection from the start.
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Network & Connect
Network with peers and professionals and establish roots in the industry: Horticulture Semester students will be provided with ample amounts of time to connect with their classmates and will have access to 1-on-1 Q&A opportunities with OU Faculty & Staff. Semesters students are also eligible to attend our Volunteer Horticulture Lab Fridays, where they can continue to network with their classmates while getting hands-on experience in our Horticulture Lab.
Oaksterdam University offers certification to students who pass their mid terms and final exams with a 75% score or higher. Certification is only a requirement for students who would like to use Oaksterdam University as a reference for employment.
Certificate of Achievement
Attend (or make up) all classes and labs, complete class lab project & complete the final exam with a score of 75% or greater.
Valedictorian Certificate of Achievement
Certificate of Achievement with Honors as Valedictorian
Attend (without make-ups) all classes and labs, complete class lab project & complete the final exam with the highest score in the class.