University of San Diego presents
Cannabis Law and Policy Certificate
Earn valuable expertise in the cannabis legal landscape.
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.
8 weeks each
Instructor led, asynchronous
Full Payment Option
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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. Main topics covered in the course include:
- History of Cannabis
- Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
- Agriculture and Cultivation
- Law and Policy
- Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
- Careers in the Cannabis Industry
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. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Historical Perspectives, Statutory and Administrative Law
- Professional Conduct & Ethics for Cannabis Lawyers and Policymakers
- Licenses and Permits
- Professional Liability Overview
- Commercial Law – Contracting with Vendors
- Banking, Accounting, and Tax Law
- Insurance Law
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. Main topics covered in the course include:
- Employment and Labor Law
- Consumer Law – Advertising, Labeling, and Packaging
- Real Estate Law
- Environment Law
- Intellectual Property
- Cannabis – What’s Enforceable
- Social Equity in the Cannabis Industry
Expert Cannabis Educators
Expert Cannabis Educators
Cannabis Law & Policy features instruction and interaction 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.
Recognized as a Cannabis Law Trailblazer who specializes in corporate litigation.
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.
Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.
Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2022
In 2019, CA was on track to record $3.1 billion in sales, a 23% growth rate from 2018.
Source: LA Times
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
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
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