These are not your run-of-the-mill potheads jammed into the long, narrow classroom at Oaksterdam University, a tiny campus with no sign to betray its location on busy San Vicente Boulevard south of the Beverly Center in Los Angeles. A serious vibe fills the loft-like space, where rows of desks are arranged like church pews under exposed ducts. No one clowns around or even smiles much. Instead, eyes fix intently on a screen at the front of... More >>>
Cannabis plants grown by students at Oaksterdam University, a trade school for the cannabis industry, are shown at the school in Oakland, California, July 23, 2009. Students are educated on marijuana law and cultivation techniques and are on the forefront of a new industry as cities like Oakland look to tax medical marijuana dispensaries.