DENVER, Colo. (KCNC/CNN) – Cannabis in the classroom?
There are three flags over the Auraria Campus for the University of Colorado Denver, Metro State University, and Community College of Denver, but there’s another institution here, too.
It’s called Clover Leaf University. It’s curriculum is marijuana.
“As long as they’re conducting lawful activities, we don’t have any desire to ban them from the campus, because that’s part of our content neutrality approach,” Blaine Nickeson, Auraria Higher Education Center said.
Clover Leaf University offers courses in cannabis cultivation, infusion, and marijuana business.
It rents space in the King Center on the Auraria Campus, but that doesn’t sit well with Metro State student Lawrence Valdez.
“It doesn’t seem to be the way a university really operates,” Valdez said.
He says he does not have a problem with the subject of marijuana being taught on the campus; it’s the status of Clover Leaf.
“If they are as legitimate a university as Metro, CCD, and the University of Colorado at Denver, then we should fly the Clover Leaf University flag as proudly as we fly the others,” Valdez said.
Clover Leaf has courses accredited by the Colorado Supreme Court Board for Continuing Legal Education.
Its website also states it is approved, licensed, and regulated by the state.
“They are approved by the Division of Private Occupational Schools, so yes, they are approved to operate in the state of Colorado as a school,” Lorna Candler, Colorado Department of Higher Education said.
In a way, marijuana education has now taken its place on a Colorado college campus.