County of Monterey Cannabis Equity Program

Oaksterdam University (OU) has been contracted by the County’s Growing Equity Together (GET) Program to provide workforce development guidance. An OU education will help you thrive. Our programs are suitable for legacy operators to ensure regulatory compliance and industry best practices. Oaksterdam University Certifications are recognized and trusted worldwide, providing students with multiple career paths and networking opportunities.

Important next steps on your equity technical assistance journey:

Initial Intake Assessment

Click below to fill out an initial survey, which will guide our efforts to assist you. After completing the survey, a Calendly link will allow you to schedule a one-on-one coaching session with the CalAsian Chamber of Commerce.


Oaksterdam University Certification Program Enrollment

  1. Review the Cannabis Homepage for Monterey County.
  2. Enroll in one Oaksterdam University Certification Program at no cost to you. Check your email for a code exclusively for Monterey Equity participants, and make sure you use your email address registered with the County.
  3. There are three programs available to you. We recommend you begin with the Business of Cannabis Self-Paced Program. You can access all the content and video recordings of live lectures with our subject matter experts now and join the live cohort in September. The programs available to you are:
    Business of Cannabis
    Extraction and Manufacturing
    Commercial Cultivation

Oaksterdam University programs are suitable for legacy operators to ensure regulatory compliance and industry best practices and are vital if you are coming into compliance or planning to enter the cannabis industry.

Questions about Oaksterdam courses?

Schedule an appointment to speak with an Oaksterdam advisor.

Free courses are available right now!

In addition to the self-paced courses that you have access to as a verified Monterey social equity applicant or business, we also offer these courses free of charge that may also interest you: Seeds, Advocacy, Cannabis, Pain, and the Opioid Crisis.


Helpful Links

Department of Cannabis Control Resources
Monterey County Code (sections pertaining to commercial cannabis activities)
280E Allowable Expenses
Growing Equity Together Meeting Recordings

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