Oaksterdam University was founded in November 2007 by Richard Lee, who placed a provocative advertisement in the East Bay Express proclaiming “Cannabis Industry Now Hiring.” Lee had wanted to open a trade school for the cannabis industry ever since visiting the cannabis college in Amsterdam.
Rather than emulate the college in Amsterdam where curriculum mainly surrounds horticulture, Lee decided to expand upon the idea and create a curriculum that focuses on the entire cannabis trade. Wanting to further legitimize the cannabis industry, Lee’s school quickly gained the attention of local, national, and even international media.
Today Oaksterdam University is a forerunner in training people interested in a career in the cannabis Industry. Thousands of students have passed through our curriculum since our doors first opened. In addition to being a groundbreaking new place to learn, O.U. also doubles as a hub for cannabis activism.
We are a community of advocates, activists, patients, and average people. Trust, confidentiality, and solidarity are just a few of the practices we abide by. Our faculty, staff and alumni are ambassadors of the school and benefit from the professional experience and networking opportunities developed through O.U.