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Certificate in Cannabis Law

Cutting edge, relevant knowledge of a flourishing industry

  • The Certificate in Cannabis Law is designed for lawyers and related professionals who seek to enhance their knowledge about expanding and evolving areas of law.
  • Students may begin with a fundamental course designed to provide a core foundational knowledge of cannabis law; history and evolution of cannabis law and policy, current status of the law from both the state and federal perspective, a specific overview of medical marijuana law and policy, and the ethical and the professional responsibility considerations of lawyers within this field.
  • Students may also complete their certificate with course offerings exploring cannabis law more deeply in the following areas:
  • Constitutional considerations and application to law and policy

  • Criminal justice marijuana policy and laws

  • Legal considerations of the business of marijuana

  • Property rights and issues related to cannabis and its production and distribution

McGeorge is an approved MCLE provider in California; certificate candidates outside of California should consult the relevant state authority for continuing education credits.

“I chose McGeorge because the classes build up specific knowledge about things that only people working in the field might know. It gets you a step ahead of the competition.”

— Brandon Chaidez ’18

“My decision to come to McGeorge was influenced in large part by the caliber and dedication of the professors here. The professors not only want to teach us the current law, but also encourage us to challenge laws that are antiquated or prejudicial to marginalized community members."

— Vallerye Mosquera ’15, Sacramento Immigration Attorney

"When I work with McGeorge alumni, they seem experienced, polished and able to connect the dots. The experience, attention to detail, and rigor of the program really shows, and for these reasons, we love hiring McGeorge students as law clerks at SMUD."

— Andrew Meditz ’09, Senior Attorney, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)