|Oaksterdam University was established in 2007 by Richard Lee, one of the most influential leaders of the medical cannabis movement in the Bay Area.|
My visit was extremely productive, but I'll have more on that in a later post. The biggest news is that Oaksterdam is working on establishing its first satellite campus in Jamaica - yes, the land of Bob Marley and the ganja-toking Rastafarians is turning to Babylon itself for help as they develop their brand new legal cannabis industry. Turns out the Jamaican government thinks so highly of the cannabis curriculum at Oaksterdam that it wants the university to help educate Jamaican growers
on modern, environmentally sustainable practices such as greenhouses and organic pest treatments.
After a lunch and iced mocha downtown, I jumped back on the road and drove all the way up Interstate 5 to Medford, Oregon, where I am still somehow awake. That is about to change, but I'll still leave you with pictures:
|Some of the literature available at Oaksterdam. Note the postcard for the local cannabis workers' union at top left.|
|Oakland's Fox Theater opened in 1928. Oaksterdam is across the street.|
|Yes, there is actually a town called Weed, and yes, it's in Northern California. But it wasn't named for pot; it was founded in 1897 by lumber mill operator Abner Weed, who found the area's high winds useful for drying out timber.|