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Trade school goes to pot

February 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Since everyone from AP to the Wall Street Journal to thesequitur.com is covering this, well, we have to, too. Yes, there is now a trade school where you can learn to grow Mary Jane… the green… herb…you know what we mean. And it’s not in Canada. Oaksterdam University (yes, we’re serious) is a new trade school teaching marijuana cultivation to potential pot farmers in (OK, what was your second guess?) California, where legalized medical marijuana has created a burgeoning industry.

The school is the brainchild of Richard Lee, a pot activist who founded the school last fall. “My basic idea is to try to professionalize the industry and have it taken seriously as a real industry, just like beer and distilling hard alcohol,” says Lee.

The course has a tuition of $200 (or, what you would pay on the street for an ounce of primo). Students learn how to cultivate and cook with cannabis, learn about different strains and get a survey of relevant laws and legalities. Students are also shown pruning techniques, soil treatments and given a primer on hydroponics. The course can be taken in a weekend. Very little cultivated marijuana is kept on premises, says Lee, so he gets little attention from the police.

“Oaksterdam” is really the tongue-in-cheek- name given to the section of Oakland where marijuana cafes and clubs have had some presence for a few years now, although their numbers dwindled once the city started levying taxes and issuing permits.

We have not added a directory of marijuana schools to our future site plans but we do have more about California Trade Schools.

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2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Oakland Trade School Goes to Pot // Feb 29, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    Annie’s Inferno wrote an interesting post today on California, where legalized medical marijuana has created a burgeoning industry. This trade school sounds like fun!

  • 2 Canabis College // Sep 13, 2008 at 1:23 pm

    […] we’ve talked about Oaksterdam University before (aka marijuana trade school) but we just came across their website - and their crest is just so worth posting […]

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