Cannabis Law and Policy Certificate

Available through university partners

Gain the information and insights you need to participate in the ever-changing legal landscape surrounding the cannabis industry.

This 100% online program will help you understand the laws surrounding cannabis so that you can take your career to new heights and participate in this fast-growing industry. 

Program Details


24 weeks




24 weeks



Course Description

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.

Upon completion, you’ll be awarded a certificate of completion from your chosen university. Additionally,  also gain access to the Employer Network, which includes access to a digital badge to display your credential, as well as membership to the GF Institute, the professional organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of professionalism, credibility, and equity in the cannabis industry. 

Topics Covered

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

With the option to specialize in agriculture, entrepreneurial, 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.

What will be covered

  • Historical Perspectives, Statutory & 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
  • 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

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this certificate, you’ll be able to: 

  • Understand the complicated legal background surrounding cannabis, how regulations differ between federal, state, and county, and the history behind the formation of these laws 
  • Identify how state licenses and local permits can be legally secured for multiple types of cannabis-related businesses and corporations 
  • Understand the often-overlooked requirements of running a compliant and successful business within the cannabis industry
  • Recognize potential environmental issues connected to cannabis business practices and identify ways that they can be managed and diminished
  • Distinguish intellectual property concerns and discover how to protect content in the industry 

Included Course Modules

An in-depth introduction to cannabis, across history, culture and industry. Topics range from botany to business practices, including Cannabis Law and Policy, FDA regulation, and the many challenges that successful cannabis business face.


Gain historical perspectives of statutory and administrative law pertaining to cannabis and hemp. Participate in cohort-based exploration of legal topics ranging from professional conduct to licensing, liability, and contracting. Projects and case studies are specific to the participants’s state or local jurisdiction.
Focusing on agriculture, entrepreneurial, or healthcare law and policy, you’ll cover employment and labor law, real estate and environmental law, intellectual property protection, and other topics.


We recommend registering prior to the start date of the course. However, participants may register until Friday morning, after the start date. To register past that date, please contact us to see if we can accommodate your request. 

The cannabis certificates are non-credit, so they are not eligible for federal aid at this time. 

Students should expect to dedicate around 6-8 hours per week to complete coursework in this program.

Students who successfully complete the program will receive a certificate of completion from the university they choose. 




  • Legal professionals
  • Law enforcement professionals 
  • Those interested in compliance



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Start Dates

  • July 5, 2022
  • September 5, 2022
  • November 7, 2022

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Choose your preferred university and register today.