Cookies SF to Open Future Cannabis Career Training Facility

Most of the press release goes on about a cookies branded clothing store.. not that we’d be seen dead in that shade of blue… that said the final part of the press release sounds interesting.

Cookies U, which offers free training and education programs for students qualifying under social equity criteria, anticipates partnering with local colleges to build curriculum aimed at training and shaping the next generation of professionals in the fastest-growing industry in the United States.

An equitable access point into the cannabis industry
Cookies U offers free, hands-on cannabis training for those who have been historically marginalized and negatively impacted by the War on Drugs.

Our flagship campus can be found in Humboldt County, California. We will be expanding soon to provide more access to opportunities in locations such as; Los Angeles, CA; Detroit, MI; and New York.


100% free. For our Humboldt program, compensation is also provided for time spent in the classroom and working in the licenses. Because we know that most people can not leave home to study for months without significant financial impact, participants will also have the opportunity to apply for financial aid to cover some or all expenses at home if needed in order to attend.

Selection Process

Experience is not required, but dedication will be. Ultimately, we want people who have both passion & drive to be in the cannabis industry. In addition to assessing both passion & drive, the Cookies U application includes social equity criteria (see below). Applicants must meet some of these criteria in order to be eligible for the program.

  • Have been arrested for a cannabis-related crime
  • Have an immediate family member who has been arrested for cannabis-related crime
  • Lived in a census tracts for five years, where at least 17 percent of households were at or below the federal poverty level
  • Has a household annual income below $50,000 in 2021
  • Experienced housing insecurity evidenced by eviction, foreclosure, or revocation of housing subsidy since 1995
  • Have served in the United States military
  • Experienced homelessness or suffered a loss of housing as a result of cannabis enforcement
  • A woman, person of color, or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ+) individual who has worked in, or currently works in the cannabis industry


Cookies U Humboldt

Cookies’ flagship campus is located in The Emerald Triangle, several hours north of San Francisco, in Humboldt County, CA.

Humboldt County is legendary in cannabis folklore, and continues to produce some of the world’s greatest cannabis. This 2 month program is full immersion and will require living on site in Humboldt County. Housing will be provided.

Participants at the Humboldt Campus will have access to:

  • R&D Pheno-hunting (Cannaboxes)
  • Nursery
  • Greenhouse
  • Full sun (season dependent)
  • Distribution
  • Retail


Cookies U NY

Cookies U NY is located in Herald Square. Our New York campus provides retail education and training for every level of the business, ranging from Budtenders and Product Specialists to General Managers and store owners. This program is for New York residents only. 2023 program dates coming soon!


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