Inside the College for Budding Weed Entrepreneurs
All right: you made it to week 14. How we doing? Congratulations! Good morning, Oak-sterdam! Alright. Fantastic. Remember: the plant — survives off glucoses and sugars… And so — we start to just… I like to work from the bottoms of the flowers… And then — work your way up, to reveal: what’s going on within the flower? Well, there — are now a handful of universities (that teach classes about weed). “Oak-sterdam” — is the first all-inclusive Cannabis college in America. After prop 64 has passed — what is… the legal landscape in California? It’s — not an accredited university. But for fifteen hundred and ninety five dollars — Oaksterdam offers a 14 week semester: where students take business, law, politics, and history classes — just like they would at a regular college. But it’s all focused around Cannabis. And better — that it has this color, but what’s the downside of making a purple or blue? Those lectures — are mixed in: with more Hands-on labs (like Horti-Culture). And even — an infused cooking class: with professor Sandy. I brought some… tacos — because they’re kind of “quick”. So; what is the… “dosage”, in… one taco? Interesting, to figure out; I’m learning (actually) — about “how to figure out doses”… Alright. There’s — our taco. Cheers. Taco. Cheers — to you! Working out here — I thought: I knew *everything* (about marijuana). Well; it turns out — that I didn’t… Class — typically starts off, with… a morning welcome and introduction; and we — will have a typical lecture… Okay? After every lecture — is either a demonstration, or — an actual lab; and… there’s — homework. There’s — exams… So: we take it really seriously… I have high school graduates — sitting next — to neuro-surgeons; sitting next — to grand-mothers; sitting next to… politicians, and policy makers. It’s — quite amazing!… So today — is (actually) the last day of classes; and one of the main subjects they’re studying — is horti-culture… So (as part of the final exam) students — are going to get to harvest the weed (they’ve been growing all year). The first step — would be just simply breaking away the large families, and all these — going to be… usable for… wax making. Not so much. More — for food or butter making. But a little bit. So — at this point: after I’ve removed the big fan leaves (which weren’t so many) — I’ve revealed a little bit of the bud, right? You can see a little bit more. It’s — kind of there. Why are they called “sugar leaves”? Mainly — because the trichomes are present. Well; how did you find yourself a student here — at Oaksterdam? I have reached a point in my life — where I knew: I wasn’t… doing what I wanted to be doing; — and… knew: I wanted to do something I love. What were you doing before this? I was actually in commercial production. Commercial production? Oh man. No wonder: you wanted to get out of it. The money — ‘s good. Why Cannabis? I suffer (personally) from… severe anxiety, attention deficit disorder, a bit of depression (at times); — and… and Marijuana — is one of the few things, that… actually helped! When you… tell your friends and family, that you are… going to… graduate from “weed college” — what do they say? That’s the thing; there’s a lot of people, that’s their first… “instinct” — to be like: “Oh, you’re going to pot college?” But (I mean — after some explanation)… You can let them know: how… serious this is! This — is a real education; and it can be very hard to find… information — on… how to do this, and how to handle this. Okay… Speaking of… “help”. Oh. Okay. We’re ready. All right. Well… First thing we’re going to do — start to take off the families. The families — would be… any leaf, that’s not… actually connected… to … one of the flowers. I usually don’t get it in *this* form; usually — it’s in a zip-loc bag. Well; now — you know the work, that goes into… those beautiful things you get in the zip-loc bag? Doesn’t this beat biology and like the dead pig? How did you end up being the chancellor of a “weed college”? In my former life — I was a manager, an entrepreneur, and a corporate trainer… And so — I recognized immediately, that there needed to be some type of training; for the Cannabis industry. And especially — for patients, and also — for doctors (quite frankly); — and it just didn’t exist! How is this whole thing legal? Because we teach in California. We — ‘re able to do hands-on; and we — ‘re the only hands-on lab in the world (where you can do — what you did down-stairs). The difference is — between (say) California and New York (or when we go to Las Vegas) — is whether (or — not) we can be hands-on; with the students? So oftentimes — we do things like video (when we go out of town), or — we’ll use alternative plants (like Lavender; or RoseMary). By the time you get through — (and graduate — from Oaksterdam university) — you can walk in to nearly any environment, and it’s guaranteed: you’re going to know more, than they do… Hello, fellow graduates. What can you tell me — about this? I’m — like a total Newbie; so — pretend, that I don’t know anything… So; I mean, like if you never smoked before — I would absolutely say, like you want to start with something that’s not too potent… Okay. And — it’s not in this section. …pre-loaded wax cartridges — which has like pure CO2 extract, which is Cannabinoids basically. What do you guys want to do? — You want to be …? You want to… change the world and the policy is what; … — What’s up? I want to employ massive amounts of people — that are going to know, what they’re talking about; but I want to start a business. Business? Yeah. I got aspirations to do big things. Cool. Anything, that’s like… this — is giving you a good foundation? Yeah, absolutely. At least — for now. Yeah; this school? — 100%. Oh, man! One of the big things (that we try to teach our students here) — is to continue to advocate, once they graduate. And that means: advocating up — talking to elected officials, talking to people in power; coming out — as cannabis consumers, or cannabis advocates — because you don’t have to smoke it — to advocate for it! What’s remarkable about education — is: you need it — every time there’s a change. You’ve got a group of people — working on Cannabis policy reform. And then — you’ve got a group of people: coming in as investors and entrepreneurs, that have no idea — of the very history they’re stepping into. Especially — with president Trump. There — are… a lot of unknowns. And — it’s still important, that we honor, what the previous administration have put into place.