Cannabis Business Fundamentals

This award is not eligible for Financial Aid

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Cannabis Business Fundamentals will cover topics including industry history and trends, social equity, product descriptions, career opportunities, economics, marketing, supply chain management, dispensary business planning, funding resources, regulatory environments, growing, extracting, and retailing. Upon completion of this certificate, prospective students may pursue a variety of cannabis business careers.

This is a Fast Track Certificate, which can be completed in two semesters or less.


Field of Interest
Business, Entrepreneurialism, and Management
Degree Type
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan
Cannabis Business Fundamentals (CER)
Academic Plan Code
Total credits required
Catalog Year
Effective Term
Fall 2022

This program is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.
Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

What You'll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Describe federal cannabis laws, policies, rules, and regulations.
  2. Describe state cannabis laws, and policies, rules, and regulations.
  3. Discuss the culture and social equity impact of the cannabis business.
  4. Discuss cannabis business planning.
  5. Describe cannabis industry careers.
  6. Explain hiring and managing practices for a cannabis business.
  7. Describe consumer behavior and demands specific to the cannabis industry.
  8. Explain sales practices within the industry.
  9. Describe the cannabis business supply chain stages.
  10. Discuss marketing planning for a cannabis business.
  11. Examine accounting, finance and funding planning in the cannabis industry.

Successful completion of this certificate may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Maricopa County-based annual median wages* for this certificate. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information. You can click on any occupation to view the detail regarding education level, wages, and employment information.

* Career and wage information provided by Lightcast using data, reports, and forecasts which are generated using government data sources and Lightcast’s proprietary analytical processes. Lightcast’s data covers multiple classes of workers including QCEW, non-QCEW, and those who are self-employed. Disclaimer

Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • Students should meet with an academic advisor to develop an individual education plan that meets their academic and career goals. Use the Pathway Planner tool in your Student Center to manage your plan.
  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include FYE101 and FYE103. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course Number Course Name Requisites Notes Credits
CAN101 Introduction to the Cannabis Industry 3
CAN110 Social Equity and Current Issues in the Cannabis Industry 1
CAN120 Legal and Regulatory Environment in the Cannabis Industry 3
CAN125 Supply Chain Management in the Cannabis Industry 2

Students must earn a grade of C or better in all courses within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

This certificate is not eligible for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

View MCCCD’s official curriculum documentation for additional details regarding the requirements of this award (

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.

For more information or to register for the courses, send an email to Dr. Bobra Crockett [email protected].