Syracuse University presents

Cannabis Law and Policy

Earn valuable expertise in the cannabis legal landscape.

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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 will explore industry legislation, common regulatory dilemmas, the process of securing state and local licenses, and additional compliance-related content.

With the option to specialize in agriculture, entrepreneurship 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

$999 x 3

3 Courses

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous
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Cannabis Law and Policy Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

This course offers an in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law & Policy, FDA regulation, and future opportunities for cannabis-related legal careers. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • History of Cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Agriculture and Cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry 

Cannabis Law & Policy I: Historical Perspectives and Regional Analysis

This course offers an in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law & Policy, FDA regulation, and future opportunities for cannabis-related legal careers. 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 & Policy II: Emerging Sectors

This course offers an in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law & Policy, FDA regulation, and future opportunities for cannabis-related legal careers.  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.

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.

Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands
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Sales Growth Expected In NY

In 2019, New York state reported over $125 million in legal cannabis sales. The New York Medical Cannabis Industry Association projects an increase to $4.2 billion in sales by 2027.

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report & The New York Times

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NY Medical Marijuana Patients And Counting

In 2020, New York reported over 112,000 medical cannabis patients (and growing).

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report

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Full Time Jobs

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

Source: Leafly Jobs Report 2020

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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 2020 Jobs Report

Your Schedule

Courses are designed using online learning best practices and are scheduled to accommodate working professionals.

A Portfolio of Work

Students will develop a portfolio of case studies and projects that can be used to demonstrate sector-specific cannabis knowledge.

Official University Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the program, students will earn a certificate of completion from Syracuse University.
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