The University of New Mexico Continuing Education presents

Cannabis Law and Policy Certificate

Valuable expertise in the legal landscape around cannabis.
Save $250 when you register by October 10
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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.

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.


3 Courses

8 weeks each

100% Online

Instructor led, asynchronous

Full Payment Option


Installment Option

$999 x 3

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Financing Option

Save $250 when you register by October 10
Use coupon code: EARLYBIRDNOV

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Cannabis Law and Policy Courses

Cannabis 101: History and Practice Across Industries

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 businesses face. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • History of Cannabis
  • Phytocannabinoids and the Endocannabinoid System
  • Agriculture and Cultivation
  • Enterprise
  • Law and Policy
  • Cannabis Medicine and Healthcare
  • Careers in the Cannabis Industry 
Cannabis Law and Policy I: Historical Perspectives and Regional Analysis

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 student’s state or local jurisdiction. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • Historical Perspectives, Statutory and 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
Cannabis Law and Policy II: Emerging Sectors

Focussing 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. Main topics covered in the course include:

  • 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

Expert Cannabis Educators

Expert Cannabis Educators

Cannabis Law & Policy features instruction and interaction from pioneering cannabis lawyers and leaders from the cannabis business world, including entrepreneurs, physicians and public policy specialists.

The Highest Standards for Online Learning

Our curriculum is developed by a team of instructional design and interactive technology experts, utilizing theory-to-practice teaching methods designed to deliver expert education that can be applied in a real world setting.

Garrett Graff
Managing Attorney at Hoban Law Group

Recognized as a Cannabis Law Trailblazer who specializes in corporate litigation.

Ian Stuart
Partner at Wilson Eiser

Co-chair of Wilson Eiser’s Cannabis Law practice and a member of the Information Governance Leadership Committee.

Pamela N. Epstein Esq., LL.M
General Counsel & Chief Regulatory and Licensing Officer at Eden Enterprises

An advocate for cannabis businesses providing them with a range of legal, consulting, and application permitting services.

Cannabis Creates New Careers and Skill Demands

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In 2020, New Mexico reported an increase of 57% in medical cannabis sales over 2019

Source: New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)

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Legal cannabis worker jobs are projected to grow by 250% between 2018-2028, far outpacing any other fast-growing career.

Source: Leafly 2020 Jobs Report

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In 2020, New Mexico reported $230 million in medical cannabis sales.

Source: New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH)


In 2021, there were 428,000 full-time employees in the cannabis industry in the United States.

Source: Leafly 2022 Jobs Report

Your Schedule
Flexible, 100% online non-credit certificates allow you to advance your career without disrupting your professional and personal life.
Employer Network Access
When you complete the program, you’ll gain access to exclusive benefits designed to help you land your dream job.
Official University Certificate of Completion
Upon graduation you will earn a certificate of completion from UNMCE.

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