Your partner in trusted cannabis curriculum
Green Flower partners with Colleges and Universities to deliver the highest-quality cannabis education programs in healthcare, agriculture, law and policy, and business.
In the last five years, the Cannabis Education opportunity has become massive
- 400+% increase in Legalization
- 33 States + DC = Medical
- 11 States + DC = Recreational
- Full Legalization - over half the U.S. population
Job sectors impacted:
Explosive Job Growth in 2019:
- 211,000+ Jobs now in industry
- 500,000+ adding in secondary roles
- Legal & Compliance
- Much more
We produce the most authoritative cannabis curricula:
- Launched 2014
- Developed multiple industry-leading Programs
- Extensive network of industry professionals as subject matter experts
- Selected training partner to largest multi-state cannabis companies
- Deep expertise in curriculum development, adult learning and skills gap
Our Curriculum team is comprised of experts from all sectors of higher education, including:
- Instructional Designers with PhDs and 30+ years of combined experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses and overseeing curriculum development, faculty training, and accreditation at top research universities
- Distance Learning Specialists
- Instructional Technologists and Interactive Pedagogy specialists
- Education marketing and recruitment experts
Leaders in the field of University Partnerships
Our programs help people succeed in the Cannabis Industry. Green Flower partners with universities to offer the highest quality educational programs in Cannabis Medicine & Healthcare, Cannabis Enterprise, Cannabis Agriculture, and Cannabis Law & Policy. We provide a market-driven curriculum that is facilitated by top cannabis experts to offer paramount instruction from within the cannabis industry. Our cannabis education programs prepare learners to succeed across specific sectors of the cannabis industry today.
The Healthcare & Medicine Certificate advances the knowledge and practice of cannabis medicine for health care providers and allied health professionals by improving their understanding of cannabis's medical properties. Course 1 provides a general introduction to the cannabis plant and its use and across history and cultures. Course 2 provides a baseline understanding of cannabis's medical properties, human physiology and the metabolic pathways for cannabis, the ethics and law for cannabis healthcare practitioners, partnering with integrated medical centers, and client care. Course 3 is a deeper dive into Cannabinoid physiology and pharmacology; the final three modules conform to clinical education models for both human and animal medicine: learners are immersed in specialized disease states and their respective cannabis medical interventions. Learners create a case study and healthcare business portfolio that includes a medical leaflet.
The Law & Policy Certificate is cross-disciplinary, grounding learners in the cannabis industry's rapidly changing legal landscape and offering the opportunity to deep dive into law as it pertains to a specific sector in the cannabis industry. Course 1 provides a general introduction to the cannabis plant and its use and across history and cultures. In Course 2, learners begin with a review of the general history and current practices in Statutory and Administrative Law at the local, state and federal levels. We then explore legal practices concerning Professional Responsibility, Licensing, Corporate Policy, Banking, Accounting, Tax, and Insurance, examining case studies for each area of focus. Course 3 introduces learners to Intellectual Property, Advertising and Packaging, Environmental Law, Real Estate Law, Ethics, Investment Law, Industrial Hemp, International Trade, Labor and Employment, and Dispute Resolution. Learners self-select for a disciplinary focus in agricultural, entrepreneurial, or healthcare law and cannabis, and write a policy statement and case study in that specialized area.
The Agriculture & Cultivation Certificate prepares learners to actively engage in the complex process of cannabis plant production, management, and cultivation. This program is specially designed to provide both novice and experienced growers with insight regarding every aspect of the cultivation process from seed to sale. Learners explore cannabis botany, the growth cycle, environment management, sustainability challenges, cultivation, property rights, and how to succeed in the cannabis agricultural sector. Learners elect to specialize in the indoor or outdoor grow track. The course of study includes immersive and experiential learning opportunities to work hands-on with hemp or dioecious plants and visit agricultural settings to observe best practices with a range of industry experts, and culminates in a portfolio project that learners can use to apply their learning in a cannabis agricultural setting.
The Business & Enterprise Certificate explores the lifecycle of the cannabis industry from seed to sale. Drawing on the talent and experience of industry leaders in Cannabis Business and Enterprise, learners will be able to anticipate and adapt to trends in cannabis product innovation, behavioral economics, financial strategy, marketing, and challenges with sustainability. Course 1 provides a general introduction to the cannabis plant and its use and across history and cultures. In Course 2, business fundamentals of cultivation, processing and extraction, manufacturing, lab setup and protocols, distribution, retail and delivery, and licensing are addressed. Course 3 introduces challenges with real estate, regulatory compliance, marketing, sales, accounting and finance, human resources, and innovation and investment. The course of study is designed to be experiential and immersive, and involves the review and development of case studies, field work, internship or externship opportunities, and a final portfolio project grounded in a self-selected specialization in HR, sales, marketing, and finance.
Green Flower's ethical imperative is to supply expert education that can be applied in a real-world setting, so we embrace design thinking methods that promote theory-to-practice learning. Design Thinking is an evidence-based learning framework in which our learners move from the more concrete to the more abstract, and from the more empirical to the more innovative. This curricular framework helps learners to reduce cognitive load; to retain information through spacing and interleaving; to master lateral and vertical thinking; and to focus on holistic, trans competent skills that will prepare them for actionable careers in the cannabis industry.
We use best practices in Universal Design, Experiential and Adaptive Learning, and Inclusion & Diversity (TILT) to build content for a broad spectrum of teaching and learning styles. Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, and is rigorously reviewed and refreshed at least twice annually. Importantly, our framework undergirds and reinforces the general tools needed for academic success in any discipline, including time management, good research and note-taking skills, analytical thinking, working in teams, and leveraging digital and analog technologies.
Before creating content, we review the current policies published by the WASC and NECHE accreditation agencies. Our certificate programs are also individually checked against accreditation standards for continuing education in their fields (the American Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education sector, Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, and American Society for Horticultural Science).
We follow the same procedure that most research universities' Academic Senates use for vetting new course and program proposals: Knowledge content is co-created by subject matter experts and learning theorists; and curricular content is co-designed with the subject matter experts, learning theorists, and a team of instructional designers, instructional technologists, and media producers to develop the learning outcomes, multimodal resources, rubrics, and formative and summative assessments around the knowledge content. Our materials are frequently compared against syllabi, resources, and assessment materials from courses being offered in sibling disciplines at top public and private universities; this ensures that our courses accommodate a broad spectrum of learners, and that they meet the rigor and standards expected at the most highly respected institutions of learning in our country.
Our instructors are the top experts in the cannabis industry
Dr. Jessica Knox M.D.
Cannabis physician, Medical Chair of the Minority Cannabis Business Association
President & Chief Scientist of Pure Analytics
Deputy Director, NORML; Author
Rachel Knox M.D.
Cannabis physician, Preventive medicine specialist
Martha 'Muffy' Montemayor, CNC
Founder, Healthy Choices Unlimited
Dr. Francis D'Ambrosio M.D.
"Doctor Frank" Orthopedic Surgeon/Medical Marijuana Advocate
Michele Ross, PhD
Neuroscientist. Author. Founder, Executive Director, and President IMPACT Network
Legacy Grower & Author of The Marijuana Grower's Guide
Our experts are vetted for their ability to create and deliver knowledge that is commensurate with the scholarly materials used in upper-division and graduate-level courses.
Our experts must be actively engaged in the cannabis industry today to ensure that all information is current and credible
More than just great curriculum, we bring additional value-add services:
Proven marketing and recruitment programs:
Because many common marketing channels are still not available to the legal cannabis industry, Green Flower Media has developed an alternative network of well respected and highly efficient marketing channels to cost effectively recruit students. We stay ahead of this curve both locally and nationally to develop winning digital marketing campaigns, social media assets, effective PR strategies, and more.
Instructor resources and support tools:
- Faculty development: facilitation support for using flipped and experiential learning models
- Mentoring: pair with an industry expert for content adaptation and development
- Supplements: instructor course guides for supplemental materials including discussion prompts, assignment options, and best practices tips
- Course support: technical assistance, ADA support for materials modifications
- Employment: access to our database of employers in the industry
- Network: bi-monthly newsletter outlining trends and opportunities specific to the certificate program, and student spotlight interview with a Green Flower alumnus
- Career Development: portfolio and job materials development
- Course Support: technology support for our learning management system, student learning guides for certificate programs, and ADA support for materials modifications