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WIRE: Oaksterdam University launches horticulture classes in Las Vegas and New York

OAKLAND, Calif. — The cannabis industry in the United States now employs 100,000 to 150,000 workers and nearly 90,000 of them are employed in the plant-touching side of the industry, according to 2016 Marijuana Factbook estimates, which are based on information gathered by the Marijuana Business Daily in annual surveys of cannabis industry professionals.


“The cannabis job market is growing, but many who are interested in the industry have been fearful of prosecution by the DEA. But that is changing,” said Dale Sky Jones, Executive Chancellor of Oaksterdam. “A U.S. appeals court recently decided unanimously that the federal government may not prosecute people who grow and distribute medical marijuana if they comply with state laws. While this ruling currently affects states within the 9th Circuit, the decision will influence other circuits across the country. This is huge, as it is very likely that more people will now feel safer about entering the cannabis industry.”

To fill the void, Oaksterdam University will host cannabis horticulture seminars in Las Vegas from November 11 to 14 and in New York from December 3 to 6 this year. Called the ‘Harvard Business School of marijuana’ by the Washington Post, Oaksterdam University is recognized for its high-caliber, cannabis industry faculty, its 20 years of experience in cannabis education, and an alumni base from around the world.

Both seminars will focus on indoor cannabis horticulture and will cover everything from seed to harvest including federal and state laws, methods of irrigation, proper nutrients, organic methods, mothers and cuttings, combating pests and pathogens, electrical safety, how to design a grow room, and much more. These seminars will also include a class project in which attendees will create their own personal grow room design!  At the end of four days of intensive instruction attendees have the option to become certified, which is an excellent credential to have in the expanding cannabis industry and requires passing an exam. Early bird savings up to $245 is available for both seminars when registering by September 30, 2016. Both seminars consist of two parts; Part 1 tuition is $645; Part 1& 2 tuition is $1,045. Participants must graduate from Part 1 to take Part 2.

“Medical cannabis is legal in some form in 25 states now and people from around the country are looking for comprehensive and advanced cannabis horticulture training,” said Dr. Aseem Sappal, Provost and Dean of Faculty at Oaksterdam. “Our students are prospective and experienced cannabis growers, many of whom want to learn the proper way to grow medical grade marijuana and to comply with state regulations.”

About Oaksterdam University: Since 2007, when Oaksterdam University became the first cannabis college in the United States, it has been the forerunner in providing the highest quality training to people interested in a career in the cannabis industry and the first institution to address the growing needs of the marijuana movement, from patients to regulators. Such a focus has established Oaksterdam University as the only cannabis college with a comprehensive curriculum in cannabis business and horticulture available today. In addition to training individuals wanting to get into the cannabis industry, OU trains regulators including city council members, state agencies, and government officials as well as state evaluators overseeing medical marijuana license applications. Oaksterdam University’s scope into research and development has expanded through partnerships with the Oregon Health Research Institute as well as with the University of West Indies. Our faculty is comprised of professionals, academics and entrepreneurs, and OU alumni—over 25,000 from over 30 countries who have received training regarding cannabis and marijuana policy reform—are the most active in the world.

For more information contact:
Dr. Aseem Sappal, Provost and Dean of Faculty

Media Contact:
Elise Schadauer

SOURCE Oaksterdam University

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