By Ricardo Baca, The Cannabist Staff
The University of Denver — founded in 1864 and one of the most prestigious private universities in the U.S. — is going green.
DU’s scenic south-Denver campus is a stone’s throw from some busy recreational pot shops, and soon students at DU’s Sturm College of Law will have the opportunity to take a class on cannabis law: Representing the Marijuana Client (or L4700, for you Pioneers).
Is DU the only top-100 law school in America with an honest-to-goodness marijuana law class?
DU law professor Sam Kamin (University of Denver)
“I don’t know of anyone who’s teaching anything like this,” said Sam Kamin, who created the course and is a professor at the Sturm College and the director of the school’s Constitutional Rights & Remedies Program. “Everywhere I go people ask me questions about it. People want to know about commercial real estate — what are their rights and obligations when renting to someone with a grow? People have employment law questions, similar to the Coats case.
“This class isn’t, ‘Hey, this is how to sell a lot of pot.’ Rather it’s, ‘Here are all the issues that could come up if you’re representing industry or government.’ “
It’s worth noting: There are other accredited university programs teaching the growing, marketing and selling angles of legal pot, including Clover Leaf University.
From the DU course description — and note, this three-credit January class “sold out fast,” according to Kamin: “Following a grounding in the current state and federal laws governing marijuana, students will hear from a number of marijuana businesspeople and those lawyers currently representing them.
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