Seattle's Cannabis University

Why the time is right for the city's first pot school.

Move over, Oaksterdam. The trailblazing pot school in Southern California is no longer the first and only of its kind, as Seattle is about to get its very own cannabis university. The Academy of Cannabis Culture and Technology is set to open at an undisclosed location in South Seattle on Sept. 7, and the school's co-founder tells Seattle Weekly that classes will cover everything from marijuana laws to history, cultivation, and grow-room construction. "The governor decided to say that we can't have safe access points [read: dispensaries], and basically that everyone should be growing their own [cannabis]," says Jason Semer, ACCT co-founder and owner of "They're forcing people to grow their own medicine. So we thought, let's teach them to do it properly." The first class that students take at ACCT is on the laws surrounding cannabis. Seattle attorney Kurt Boehl, one of the premier marijuana-rights-and-reform lawyers in the state, will teach the class, which folks can take for a measly $50. Semer says he's not concerned that the very laws Boehl will be teaching could soon change drastically. "Am I afraid that the laws will change? The laws will change, and I'm going to help them change, but you're not going to put the genie back in the bottle," says Semer. "You can't take away people's knowledge." Other classes will cover growing, cloning, electrical and ventilation design, and cannabis cooking, and will cost around $250 each. Upon graduation, students will get a "Green Thumb Certificate" that may not help them get any jobs, but will signify that they know how to not burn their house down when setting up an electrical indoor grow room. "If your grandmother was sick and was forced to grow her own heart medication, wouldn't you want her to know how?" asks Semer. "We want to help medical-cannabis patients help themselves."

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