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State-Approved Colorado University Teaches How To Grow, Sell Marijuana
         Touting marijuana as “one of the fastest growing industries in America today,” a university has launched in Colorado that bills itself as the nation’s only college accredited by state officials to teach students how to grow and sell cannabis.
         Clover Leaf University debuted earlier this year with the blessing of the Colorado Department of Education’s Private Occupational School Board. It offers stand-alone classes and certification courses.

         Campus leaders described the endeavour as “an early stage specialized education enterprise focusing on raising awareness, research and development, best practices, regulatory compliance, and product and consumer safety” in a statement to CBS News.

The university’s curriculum tackles a variety of aspects within the legal weed industry, including management, laws, finance, marketing, cultivation, and industry analysis, according to its Spring 2014 catalog.CloverLeafUniversity-Classroom2

Classes are held at the Denver-based Auraria Higher Education Center, which also houses the University of Colorado – Denver, Metro State University, and Community College of Denver.

Clover Leaf’s website states online courses and webinars are “coming soon.” Its Facebook page notes the college recently hosted a four-hour “recreational marijuana law and regulations” accredited course on campus July 15.

Upcoming certification classes on campus include a four-hour “Cannabis Cultivation” course set for Aug. 19 to be led by “master grower and breeder Adam Dunn from THSeeds.” The class costs $211 to enroll.

On Sept. 9, a “Bud Tender” certification course will be offered, a four-hour foray into gaining “an understanding of the effects of cannabis flower, concentrate, and infusion products, and how to recommend the best ones to meet the needs of your customers,” according to its online description. That course costs $106.

Professors at the university range from lawyers to accountants to business owners and botanical experts.

Campus officials did not respond to The College Fix‘s requests for comment, but the college’s founder – Chloe Villano – has been interviewed by several local and national media outlets.

Appearing on Fox Business Network with Stuart Varney, Villano said that, since the January launch of Clover Leaf, they have had about 150 students come through their academic programs.

Course certification in “cannabis marketing” costs $299, and covers “all the laws necessary to really market your business properly,” Villano said.

Students, however, will not be eligible for federal aid such as Pell grants to attend Clover Leaf University, Villano said, citing “federal inconsistencies in the legalization of cannabis business.”

Students are not allowed to smoke marijuana in class.CloverLeafUniversity-FacebookScreenshot

“We’re not teaching them how to use it,” Villano said. “We’re teaching them in a classroom setting, a professional setting, how to properly use the business, how to use the safety procedures, and how to really properly operate the business.”

Villano, a prominent weed advocate and a consultant for the medical marijuana industry, added that Clover Leaf does in fact teach “consumer safety, but we don’t show them how to use it.”

“I don’t encourage people to smoke when they come to class,” Villano added, saying that if they did smoke before coming to class they wouldn’t be kicked out – because it’s legal to smoke marijuana recreationally in Colorado.

Blaine Nickeson, an official at the Auraria Higher Education Center, told CBS Denver “as long as they are conducting lawful activities, we don’t have any desire to ban them from the campus.”

Clover Leaf’s website has some dead links, including information such as required course materials. Information on its “Fall 2014” courses is also absent as of mid-July.

In an April 2013 press releasing touting the university’s pending launch, its officials pledged to take the effort national, stating that “as legalization of marijuana continues, Clover Leaf University is anticipated to continue expanding across the United States.”

Clover Leaf even earned airtime on the Late Show with David Letterman, when Letterman satirically listed the “top ten courses at the marijuana university.”
College Fix contributor Andrew Desiderio is a student at The George Washington University.
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  • Immortal Illumined

    the greatest plant in the universe is almost free, LET FREEDOM RING! 13

    ENLIGHTENMENT…i was a brainwashed evil, mean, christian conservative until i tried it at 17 years old…i hated gays, immigrants, women’s rights, blacks, marijuana, i was Rush Limbaugh’s #1 fan….until i smoked marijuana, changed the world….hope the EVIL POPE is enjoying the marijuana revolution around the globe, keeping the flock brainwashed and against marijuana, gays, and women’s rights…you don’t deny ease from pain and suffering for billions of people unless you are PURE EVIL…

    1000s of my friends and family have grown 30-99 plants for 20 years, thanks for keeping prices high and NORCAL wealthy…#1 crop in cali = $15 Billion Untaxed…

    “any doctor against marijuana is a doctor of death” – cali secret 420

    from 0 states to half the country, from low 20% approval to almost 70%, cali runs this planet by 2 decades, time to tie marijuana to the 2014, 2016 elections, out with the old, in with the new

    20 years behind us southern states and NEW YORK (CBD = Can’t Be Done), sad and scary….nobody denies freedoms like the south, nobody…the top ten incarcerators on the planet are southern states and more blacks are in prison then were slaves before the civil war…even if marijuana reforms did pass the republiCANTS in charge would deny you all your freedoms, centuries of practice…no matter though, we never planned on getting your backwards brethren from day one, half the country already but not one southern state, lol…not 1….the new generations are taking over in the south and they are nothing like their freedom denying parents, let’s ride…

    Deaths by Alcohol: Millions
    Deaths by Tobacco: Millions

    Deaths by Prescription Drugs: Quadrupled in last decade
Deaths by Guns: Millions
Deaths by the food we are fed: Millions
Deaths by Marijuana: 0, ever…they are killing my American family while denying freedom

    love and freedom forever


  • Nullifidian

    What’s the big deal? The far-right has insisted over and over again that universities should be reduced to glorified vo-tech schools and only teach so-called ‘practical’ courses. Now they’re teaching one and you’re criticizing them for it. Make up your minds!

  • Zack Y.

    How about this for a solution- don’t attend a school that’s more interested in telling you WHAT TO THINK than teaching you HOW TO THINK.

    That’s the difference between education and indoctrination- one tries to teach you the basic facts and how to participate in the marketplace of ideas, the other tries to alter your opinions to match those of the “teacher” and make you a political foot-soldier. The problem with places like Yale isn’t that they couldn’t be good schools- its that in many ways they’re no longer ACTUAL SCHOOLS.

    A good test is this: does the school encourage and teach all sides of a issue and the whole spectrum of opinion? The smoking gun is calls for censorship- real teachers want you to learn as much as possible about the given subject, including all the different perspectives and opinions out there. Only ideologues and partisan hacks call for or approve of censorship.