(This is the second piece in a six-part series on Oakland Local on the business of marijuana.)
After just two years, Oaksterdam University is an institutional heavy-weight, drawing hundreds of students from all over the United States to learn to cultivate marijuana and legally sell the plants. Forty-seven-year-old entrepreneur and Oaksterdam founder Richard Lee started the school after seeing the need for a disciplined, academic approach to cannabis cultivation, and also cannabis law and business. And in the process he wanted to legitimize the marijuana industry.
“This isn’t your older brother growing a plant in the garage,” said Oaksterdam spokesperson Greg Grimala. “This is a legitimate industry like any other. Everyone here is an entrepreneur.”
Read the whole story on Oakland Local.