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OU Launches Budtending LIVE!

OU Launches Budtending LIVE!

Oaksterdam University, America’s first cannabis college, will offer our Budtending Certification Program LIVE, online in real-time for the first time in spring, 2022. Registration is open now for the virtual four-week course, which begins March 16, 2022. Students who complete the course will get skilled and certified for a Budtending career.

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7 Jobs in Cannabis Cultivation

7 Jobs in Cannabis Cultivation

An estimated 321,000 Americans work full-time in the cannabis sector, and that number is only expected to grow. There are a wide variety of positions available in the industry. If you like working with plants, here are seven jobs in cultivation that might be for you.

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5 Ways to Break Into a Cannabis Career

5 Ways to Break Into a Cannabis Career

According to the 2021 Leafly Jobs Report, legal cannabis now supports 321,000 full-time American jobs. Since 2017, the industry has averaged 27.5 percent employment growth each year, outpacing all other industries. Within the cannabis space, there are jobs in cultivation, manufacturing, retail, regulation, marketing, law, and more. Here are some tips from Oaksterdam University on breaking into the cannabis industry.

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How to Raise Funds for Canna-Businesses

How to Raise Funds for Canna-Businesses

With legal cannabis sales expected to top $30 billion this year, it’s a great time to get in on the ground floor of America’s newest industry. However, if you’re looking to launch or expand a cannabis business, you know that securing funds can be a challenge. Oaksterdam University has partnered with The Arcview Group to create a 2-day course designed to help canna-preneurs find the funding they need.

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Why More Seniors Are Using Cannabis

Why More Seniors Are Using Cannabis

Paul Armentano, Oaksterdam University faculty member and deputy director of NORML, recently sat down with the L.A. Times Business of Cannabis supplement to discuss cannabis use among seniors. Cannabis use among those 65 and older increased from under 1 percent in 2006 to more than 4 percent today. Older adults frequently report their cannabis use is medical, that it has fewer side effects than their prescription medicine, and their quality of life increased with its use. Seniors report using cannabis to decrease pain, relieve anxiety, and help them sleep.

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2021 Rewind: OU’s Top 10

2021 Rewind: OU’s Top 10

As we prepare to celebrate our 15th anniversary in 2022, we’d like to reflect on the past year. Looking back, 2021 brought exciting changes to Oaksterdam, from launching new classes and helping cities implement social equity programs, to partnering with industry leaders and chatting on Clubhouse. Here’s a look at our Top 10 highlights … 

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New Year, New Chat Times

New Year, New Chat Times

1 min. read: Oaksterdam University experts are live on Clubhouse twice each week! Join our audio chat room, and we’ll answer any questions you have about cultivating cannabis or growing your equity cannabis business.

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Capstone Winners: Dec. 2021

Capstone Winners: Dec. 2021

Each semester, Oaksterdam students complete a Capstone Project, designing a cannabis business or grow facility based on real-world parameters. Here are the winners from our latest course!

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OU Signs Open Letter to UN

OU Signs Open Letter to UN

Oaksterdam University is among 181 non-profit organizations from 56 countries around the world to sign an open letter to the United Nations calling for transparency and accountability in global “Cannabis Guidelines” efforts. Copies of the letter were sent on Dec. 2, 2021, the first anniversary of the UN vote that downgraded international cannabis prohibition. Since then, concerns have arisen that the INCB is working in complete opacity to come up with proposed global “Cannabis Guidelines” that actually contradict the intentions of that historic vote.

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Friday Field Trips: Lifted Spirit

Friday Field Trips: Lifted Spirit

Students who take Oaksterdam’s Live Semester courses get various networking and event opportunities, including virtual field trips. The tours take students through a variety of facilities in the cannabis industry, led by experts. This month, we’ve partnered with OU Alumni and Horticulture Faculty Oscar Burrola to feature his microbusiness, Lifted Spirit Collective. Read on to learn more about our Virtual Field Trip program and how you can host your own.

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Oaksterdam Alumni Spotlight

Oaksterdam Alumni Spotlight

For #12DaysOfGratitude, we will spotlight what we are grateful for — our OU Alumni! Read about one of our esteemed alumni each day. We are grateful for yOU!

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Aunt Sandy’s Dizzy Bird Thanksgiving 

Aunt Sandy’s Dizzy Bird Thanksgiving 

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving meal, consider sharing some canna-friendly dishes with the adults at your table, courtesy of Aunt Sandy.  “Aunt Sandy” Moriarty is the world’s first published author and teacher of cannabis cooking, and a long-time friend and faculty of Oaksterdam University. Sandy has taught cooking classes at OU dating back to our founding, including a Dizzy Bird Cooking Class each holiday season.

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Plant Talk: The Panic Chop

Plant Talk: The Panic Chop

What is a “panic chop”? In the world of cannabis cultivation, the panic chop occurs when growers harvest their crop hastily, earlier than expected, and with the potential loss of profit. Growers panic chop to save their plants from a potentially worse outcome caused by pests, pathogens, weather events, or other factors. During a recent Oaksterdam University Plant Talk on Clubhouse, OU Executive Director Dale Sky Jones asked participants what had caused them to panic chop. Find out what they said in our latest blog.

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Home Grows in High Times

Home Grows in High Times

Oaksterdam University’s Luke Zimmerman, Esq., is featured in the recent High Times article “Do Cannabis Companies Face Consequences for Opposing Home Grows.” The article discusses how some large companies see home growers as a threat to business, and how home growers are pushing back to maintain their right to cultivate cannabis. Luke weighs in.

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Plant Talk: Hop Latent Viroid

Plant Talk: Hop Latent Viroid

The hop latent viroid is keeping cannabis growers awake at night. They worry that HLVd will not only cut into profits but decimate entire crops and eradicate prized heirloom varietals. What is the hop latent viroid and how do we stop it?

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Chiara Juster on “The Roll-Up”

Chiara Juster on “The Roll-Up”

OU’s Chair of Government Affairs Chiara Juster, Esq. recently appeared on Leafly’s potcast “The Roll-Up.” In Episode 214, “Let’s get Mom out of Jail,” Chiara talks about the heartbreaking case of Maria Kinsey.

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Faculty Feature: Mike Jenkins, Ph.D. 

Faculty Feature: Mike Jenkins, Ph.D. 

Mike Jenkins, Ph.D., Vice-Chair of Oaksterdam’s Horticulture Department, marries his passion for optimized cannabis cultivation production with his remarkable background in plant physiology and ecology.

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Meet OU’s NEW Horticulture Program

Meet OU’s NEW Horticulture Program

Oaksterdam is excited to announce our brand new Horticulture Program. We have completely overhauled our most popular course to reflect the latest and greatest tools and techniques in cannabis cultivation in line with the growing commercial market. Our January 2022 virtual Live Semester is enrolling now.

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