"Higher" Education



There's a new trade school in Oakland to train workers for the medical marijuana business, according to the Contra Costa Times. Oaksterdam University offers a two-day weekend course for $200 plus the cost of textbooks, teaching students how to "cultivate and cook with cannabis, study which strains of pot are best for certain ailments, and are instructed in the legalities of a business that is against the law in the eyes of the federal government." Started by pot-dispensary owner Richard Lee, the university aims to take advantage of the thriving medical marijuana industry, where "bud tenders" can make more than $50K a year, while owners and managers can earn more than $100K.