At least two trade schools are set to capitalize on the U.S. Justice Department's new guidelines on pot prosecution. In a memo last week, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden told federal prosecutors that they should not spend time seizing cancer patients' stashes or prosecuting medicinal suppliers, but instead focus on major drug suppliers and traffickers.
That's good news for Oakland, Calif.-based Oaksterdam University and Southfield, Mich.-based Med Grow Cannabis College—two trade schools offering potential medical marijuana suppliers training on legal issues, horticulture and cooking with cannabis.
The schools are located in two of the 14 states that have laws on the books allowing marijuana use for medical purposes. Until the Justice Department's announcement last week, however, users of medical marijuana were at greater risk of being prosecuted for violation of federal drug trafficking laws even though they were compliant under state law.
The new leniency could bring a boost in enrollment for the two schools. Oaksterdam University, founded in 2007, offers classes across the state of California while Med Grow Cannabis College opened its doors this fall to its first class of 25 students.
Nick Tennant, founder and president of Med Grow Cannabis College, tells sister publication Crain's Detroit Business that he is cashing in on a growing industry, adding, “We saw the market opportunities and did some research.”