University of San Diego in partnership with Green Flower Media presents

Cannabis Law and Policy

Valuable expertise in the legal landscape around cannabis.

University of San Diego in partnership with Green Flower Media presents

Cannabis Law and Policy

Valuable expertise in the legal landscape around cannabis.

Laws around cannabis are complex and ever-changing, making legal compliance a significant challenge for cannabis businesses. With a cross-disciplinary approach to key industry sectors, this certificate gives you the information and insights needed to participate in the world of cannabis regulation, compliance and public policy.

Starting with Cannabis 101, the program will provide you with a comprehensive overview of federal and state cannabis regulation, and the historical events that led to the formation of these laws. You’ll explore industry legislation, common regulatory dilemmas, the process of securing state and local licenses, and more compliance-related content.

With the option to specialize in agriculture, entrepreneurial, or healthcare law and policy, this program is designed to give students the range and depth of information needed to meaningfully engage with the legal landscape around cannabis.


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Full Payment Option $2,950**
Installment Option $898 x 3
3 Courses 8 Weeks Each
100% Online Instructor led, asynchronous
** Use discount code: USDFIRST to get $500 reduction

Cannabis Law and Policy Courses

Cannabis 101

History and Practice Across Industries

An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis businesses face.

Cannabis Law and Policy I

Historical Perspectives and Regional Analysis

Gain historical perspectives of statutory and administrative law pertaining to cannabis and hemp. Participate in cohort-based exploration of legal topics ranging from professional conduct to licensing, liability, and contracting. Projects and case studies are specific to the student’s state or local jurisdiction.

Cannabis Law and Policy II

Emerging Sectors

Focussing on agriculture, entrepreneurial, or healthcare law and policy, you’ll cover employment and labor law, real estate and environmental law, intellectual property protection, and other topics.

Garrett Graff

Managing Attorney at Hoban Law Group. Recognized as a Cannabis Law Trailblazer who specializes in corporate litigation.

Ian Stuart

Partner at Wilson Eiser. Co-chair of Wilson Eiser’s Cannabis Law practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee.

Pamela N. Epstein Esq., LL.M

General Counsel & Chief Regulatory and Licensing Officer at Eden Enterprises. An advocate for cannabis businesses providing them with a range of legal, consulting, and application permitting services.

Expert Cannabis Educators

Cannabis Law and Policy features instruction from pioneering cannabis lawyers and leaders from the cannabis business world, including entrepreneurs, physicians and public policy specialists.


The Highest Standards for Online Learning

Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real world setting.

Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands


In 2020, legal cannabis already supports almost a quarter of a million jobs, growing faster than any other industry.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020

California is the world's biggest legal cannabis market

In 2019, CA was on track to record $3.1 billion in sales, a 23% growth rate from 2018.

Source : LA Times

CA predicted to hit $7.2 billion in 2024

By 2024, the legal market in CA is projected to reach $7.2 billion, overtaking the illegal market which has continued to be a significant source of cannabis for California users.

Source : LA Times

America’s Fastest Growing Occupation

Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020


Designed using online learning best practices. Perfect for working professionals.


Develop a portfolio of case studies and projects that you can use to demonstrate your sector-specific cannabis knowledge.

Official University Certificate
Official University Certificate

Upon completion of the program you will earn a completion award from University of San Diego.