Majoring in Marijuana, for Medicinal Purposes

High-Minded College Offers (Medical) Marijuana Major 2

Alison Yin for The Chronicle

Mike Parker, a technician in the horticulture lab, tends to Oaksterdam's subject matter, which he calls his "babies."

The campus tour began promptly at 3 p.m. and was attended by a fairly typical cast of characters. There was an affable, out-of-work engineer looking to study for a new profession; a long-haired youngster all but quivering with the certainty that he had found his collegiate "perfect fit"; and, with him, a well-barbered elderly man who hovered nearby looking taciturn but not unsupportive.

"I'm the grandfather, along for the ride," the man explained once the group was inside the main