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Announcing: OU Budtender’s Guide

Announcing: OU Budtender’s Guide

Just in time for holiday shopping, Oaksterdam University has released The Budtender’s Guide: A Reference Manual for Cannabis Consumers and Dispensary Professionals for pre-sale on Amazon.com.

The book is designed to give both budtenders and consumers the knowledge they need to understand the landscape of cannabis products available in licit markets across the country, along with the history, laws and policies, science, and cultural nuances of the plant.

The book is available for pre-sale as a Kindle digital download on the Amazon store, priced at $9.99. It will be released on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, 2022.

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AG Rob Bonta: Oakland Would Not Be Oakland Without Oaksterdam

AG Rob Bonta: Oakland Would Not Be Oakland Without Oaksterdam

California Attorney General Rob Bonta received Oaksterdam’s Skill in Combat Award in honor of the work he’s done to legalize cannabis, make it safe, and expunge records for people convicted of non-violent cannabis crimes.

Oaksterdam Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones announced the award at OU’s 15th-Anniversary Event of the Decade celebration on Sept. 24, 2022 at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif.

“Dale, thank you for your pioneering spirit and leadership over so many years. Oakland would not be Oakland without Oaksterdam. It’s just a fact,” he said.

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Governor Newsom Honors Oaksterdam

Governor Newsom Honors Oaksterdam

California Governor Gavin Newsom honors Oaksterdam University during our 15th Anniversary Event of the Decade at the Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. Gov. Newsom’s congratulatory video was played on the big screen before “American Pot Story: Oaksterdam” closed the 20th Oakland International Film Festival.

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Oaksterdam University Day is Nov. 10!

Oaksterdam University Day is Nov. 10!

Mark your calendar and get your favorite method of ingestion ready to roll — Oaksterdam University Day is now an official holiday! The City of Oakland declared November 10 “Oaksterdam University Day” in honor of OU’s 15th anniversary.

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Announcing: Oaksterdam Alumni Network

Announcing: Oaksterdam Alumni Network

Oaksterdam Alumni — 70,000 students from 110 countries around the globe — have gone on to become the biggest leaders, personalities, and change-makers in the history of the cannabis movement. Now, there’s a place for all of us to gather, network and stay in touch. As part of OU’s ongoing 15-Year Anniversary celebration, we’re excited to announce the launch of the Oaksterdam Alumni Network. 

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How to Get a Business Job in the Cannabis Industry

How to Get a Business Job in the Cannabis Industry

Cannabis is America’s fastest-growing industry. Cannabis business professionals are in demand, especially those with specific expertise to operate within the rapidly changing landscape of legal, regulatory, and financial requirements. Opportunities abound for business professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs. Keep reading to learn more about how to become a cannabis business professional.

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Hort Labs Open to OU Alumni & Asynch

Hort Labs Open to OU Alumni & Asynch

Oaksterdam University is excited to announce that our longstanding Horticulture Labs are now open to all OU alumni and students. Bring your plant babies, questions, and coffee for a morning chat about all things cultivation. 

OU’s “Hort Labs” have been a Friday morning staple for as long as we can remember. Until now, they were open only to students currently enrolled in our live courses. As we celebrate our 15th Anniversary we’re opening the labs to the wider OU community.

 

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How to Get a Job Growing Cannabis

How to Get a Job Growing Cannabis

Jobs in cannabis are booming, and professional cannabis growers are in demand. Keep reading to learn about what a professional cannabis grower does, what they need to know, their salary and job outlook, and how to get a job growing cannabis.

Professional cannabis growers work in cultivation facilities to grow plants from seed to harvest. There are numerous career paths within the cannabis cultivation industry. Positions range from entry-level trimmers to agronomists, plant breeders, lighting and ventilation consultants, integrated pest management experts, and cultivation directors.

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You’re Invited to the Event of the Decade

You’re Invited to the Event of the Decade

The world’s first cannabis college, Oaksterdam University, celebrates its 15th Anniversary by hosting a grand after-party for a sneak preview documentary screening at the 20th Annual Oakland International Film Festival (OIFF) of American Pot Story: Oaksterdam. Presented in partnership with Students for Sensible Drug Policy (SSDP), the event will take place on Sept. 24, 2022, at the legendary Fox Theater in Oakland, Calif. It will include a screening of the film followed by an after-party and Alumni reunion with confirmed attendance by politicians, press, cannabis industry legends, and celebrities …

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How To Become a Cannabis Extraction Technician

How To Become a Cannabis Extraction Technician

If you are looking for careers in cannabis, you will see plenty of job postings for cannabis extraction technicians.

Cannabis extraction is a complex, lab-based scientific process to separate cannabis into components used for various products. Cannabis extraction is how specific cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavanoids can be isolated from the plant to produce profitable manufactured products.

If you dream of combining your love of science with a passion for cannabis, this might be the career for you. Learn more here …

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OU Courses Apply to Degree at Golden Gate U

OU Courses Apply to Degree at Golden Gate U

Oaksterdam University is pleased to announce an exciting educational partnership with Golden Gate University. The partnership allows students to transfer credits from Oaksterdam Certification Courses toward their Bachelor’s Degree at GGU. It is the first partnership of its kind.

OU graduates may transfer up to 18 credits of corresponding OU courses toward their accredited degree. Learn more here …

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Dale Sky Jones on The Weed Tube

Dale Sky Jones on The Weed Tube

Oaksterdam University Executive Chancellor Dale Sky Jones sat down during G4Live for a “Watch and Sesh” with Arend Richard, co-founder and creative director of The Weed Tube.

The pair talked about some fun stuff like what Dale originally wanted to be when she grew up, her go-to karaoke song (NOT!), star signs, and Volcano vaporizers.

They also discussed serious topics like descheduling, the raid on Oaksterdam, social justice in cannabis, and OU’s reimagined curriculum.

Watch the video here …

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Authors Dish on “Cooking With Cannabinoids” 

Authors Dish on “Cooking With Cannabinoids” 

Truffle linguine with a poached egg may sound delicious, but it’s also rich in cannabinoids, compounds that can modulate pain, inflammation, and other ailments. 

Learn how to make this dish and how everyday ingredients can heal the body inside and out as Oaksterdam University hosts “Cooking with Cannabinoids” at 6 p.m. PST/9 p.m. EST Thursday, June 16, 2022. 

The public is welcome to the live webinar, which will feature a cooking demonstration and chat with the authors of “The Cannabinoid Cookbook.”

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Virtual Field Trip: Alibi Cannabis

Virtual Field Trip: Alibi Cannabis

Oaksterdam students and alumni recently took a virtual field trip to Alibi Cannabis in Portland, Ore. Read the recap of our tour through the state-of-the-art grow operation and the equipment they use to cultivate their amazing craft cannabis.

If you are a business wishing to host an OU virtual field trip, contact OU Lead Facilitator Samira Hasib at facilitator@oaksterdamuniversity.com, or (510) 251-1544. Alumni are welcome to reach out to Samira to join our next tour!

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Dale & Jeff Jones on Cannabis Talk 101

Dale & Jeff Jones on Cannabis Talk 101

Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam University, and her husband Jeff Jones, Head of Oaksterdam University Horticulture Department, appeared on the Cannabis Talk 101 podcast during G4 Live. Listen as they talk about OU’s vision, ethics, standards, and why they are passionate about education as a pathway to establishing a safe and equitable cannabis industry.

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How to Deschedule Cannabis

How to Deschedule Cannabis

In the debate over cannabis legalization, one of the critical questions is whether cannabis should be rescheduled to a lower schedule or descheduled altogether, removing it from the Controlled Substances Act schedule of drugs. Many advocates, including Oaksterdam University, believe that cannabis must be descheduled. Here’s background on how that can be done at the federal level and how you can help.

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Dale Sky Jones in Rolling Stone Culture Council

Dale Sky Jones in Rolling Stone Culture Council

Oaksterdam University Chancellor Dale Sky Jones is an Official Member of the Rolling Stone Culture Council, an invitation-only network of professionals who share their insights. Dale is frequently asked her opinion on topics relevant to cannabis, business and culture. Here are some excerpts from recent features …

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Alumni Feature: Indigenous Tribe Learns from OU

Alumni Feature: Indigenous Tribe Learns from OU

We are so proud of our alumna Rainbow Chavis, CMO of Shinnecock Hemp Growers, for her achievements since graduating from Oaksterdam University.

Rainbow’s work building connections between Indigenous traditions and the modern world of commercial cannabis and hemp was recently featured in a wonderful article by Michael Giotis in the East Bay Express.

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