Located in the pot-friendly “Oaksterdam” section of Oakland, California, Oaksterdam University aims to teach its students the fundamentals of growing and marketing marijuana.
The curriculum covers everything from law and politics to business and horticulture. The university also provides training for entrepreneurs in the medical pot industry as well as several dispensaries, a Bulldog Coffeeshop, and a gift shop.
University founder Richard Lee tells Reason.tv that he and other Bay Area activists were inspired by the example of Amsterdam, a city with some of the most liberal marijuana policies in the world. As he put it, “We went to Amsterdam and said you know, hey, we can do this here; it shows it can work.
Oaksterdam University is one of the major sponsors of the Tax and Regulate initiative that will be on the ballot in California this November. If passed, marijuana would be legalized and regulated like alcohol.
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