There has been a trend in education to have specialized "magnet schools," but I think one school in Oakland, Calif., has taken the concept too far.
High school students in Georgia recently lobbied lawmakers at the state capitol to pass legislation which would ban the sales of "Kronic Kandy" to children. Some of their counterparts in California are learning how to grow marijuana and care for the plant, though.
The school, known as Oaksterdam University, is designed to teach people how to go into the business of running a pot club. People who run pot clubs cultivate marijuana and sell it in both plant form and mixed into food items, to people who need marijuana for "medicinal purposes."
Everything little Mary Jane needs to learn about growing and selling pot is condensed into a two-day course.
No lie here. I'm telling you the blunt truth. California has it's own Reefer High, even if the UPI report about the school does not mention how old the pupils are.
The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the school has 160 graduates, and it costs $200 to take the course, and an additional $75 is spent on textbooks.
The California Board of Equalization reports there are 500 pot clubs in California, and they generate roughly between $870 million and $2 billion every year, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Oaksterdam University even has its own online gift shop. You can buy books like "The Big Book of Buds, Vol. 3," and "Marijuana Buds for Less: Grow 8 oz. of Bud for Less," or you can get a T-shirt, or a jacket with the Oaksterdam University crest on it.
The crest includes a shield with three open books on it. The first book has the letters "CAN" on it. Book No. 2 contains the letters "NA," and the third book has the letters "BIS."
Yup, the books spell out what you think they spell out.
Reefer High is just a cool name to slap on Oaksterdam University. The students may be adults, but the nickname makes you think of the movie "Dazed and Confused," which is all about people toking up in high school.
There is still one question about this school which lingers like the haze that sat over Piedmont Park during the old Pot Fests of the 1990s, though.
Does Oaksterdam University's cafeteria go through more food than the traditional school?
According to news reports, the students will be learning how to cook marijuana. Not that anyone would want to eat the leafy green plant when it's already hard enough to eat spinach.
At this point, it should be pointed out that while pot clubs are legal under California law, federal law prohibits the growth and sale of marijuana.
Essentially, the feds are still telling people to go toke elsewhere.
My thing here is, you can't do this. It's just that simple.
States are supposed to be somewhat autonomous within the United States, but Americans still have to abide by federal laws.
By taking classes at this, uh, joint, the pupils are starting to go down the path toward chronic patterns of breaking the rules.
Curt Yeomans covers education for the Clayton News Daily. He can be reached at (770) 478-5753, ext. 247 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.