Headshot of Oaksterdam Horticulture Professor Jeff Jones in front of funny self-portrait of Van Gogh smoking a joint
Faculty | Horticulture
Jeff Jones


Jeff Jones has provided expertise in the medical cannabis field to Californians for more than two decades. Jeff’s horticulture knowledge, troubleshooting skills, and easy manner make learning the basics easy for beginners and a challenge for the experts.

Jeff co-founded the Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative (OCBC) in 1995. With Jeff’s assistance, the City of Oakland became the first U.S. city to contract with a medical cannabis provider in 1998, and implement a successful program to issue compassionate provider permits in June, 2004. Jeff set precedent self-regulatory practices that would eventually become the tenets of California Senate Bill 420 and the Attorney General Guidelines of 2008.

Jeff was named the defendant in the OCBC Federal Civil case, one of the longest-running medical cannabis cases in history that traveled all the way through the U.S. Supreme Court; the first to ask whether cannabis can be provided for medical necessity patients. He transitioned the OCBC into advocacy and education, changing its name to the Patient ID Center, and shared his expertise with hundreds of thousands of medical cannabis patients, professionals, and experts.

The mission carries on the tradition of issuing private ID cards and offering patient services, education, and referrals to compassionate provider groups, caregivers, and lawyers in California. Jeff also helped establish Alameda County Patient Services, which provided patients and caregivers official Medical Marijuana ID cards in Alameda County, Calif.

He has been educating professionally as the horticulture expert, politics and history instructor for Oaksterdam University since 2007. In 2010, Jeff Jones was co-proponent of the Prop 19 Control, Tax and Regulate Cannabis Act, the first statewide campaign to legalize cannabis in modern history, hoping to protect patients.

The Patient ID Center prints Oaksterdam student ID cards, as well as staff cannabis badges for businesses across California and beyond. Jeff shares two young sons and a daughter with Dale Sky Jones.