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In April of 2021 New York State became the 15th state to legalize adult use of cannabis outside of just medicinal applications. Governor Andrew M. Cuomo in signing legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A) legalizing adult-use cannabis, projects the potential to create significant economic opportunities for New Yorkers and the State. Tax collections from the adult-use cannabis program are projected to reach $350 million annually. Additionally, there is the potential for this new industry to create 30,000 to 60,000 new jobs across the State.

With a long standing history of providing the most relevent and up to date training CTI Online is now offering a full detailed suite of cannabis industry health and safety trainining programs.  Due to the evolving pace of New York State's cannabis laws CTI Online is dedicated to ensuring our courses are the most current and recognizable industry best practices.

If you are looking to learn or expand your knowledge of cannabis and the industry with such projected growth in New York State check out some of our courses below

Upcoming Cannabis Courses and Workshops

Overview of New York State's Cannabis Law (2-hrs)

This course takes a detailed look and review of all the provisions of New York State's newly enacted Adult Use Cannabis Law.  This Course is for anyone looking the learn about the specific requirements and mechanisms that will be in place as New York State grows it's cannabis industry/economy.  This 2-hour will cover the following course subject matter:

      • Historical context of the passing of legislation (S.854-A/A.1248-A)  and it's impacts
• Review of definitions and intent of the law
• Roles of the NYS Office of Cannabis Management and the Cannabis Control Board
• Medical Cannabis vs Recreational Adult Use     requirements and classifications
• Economic and Social Equity provisions of the Law
• Taxation of Adult Use and Personal Possession and Home Cultivation


Health and Safety in the Cannabis Industry
OSHA General Industry Certification (10-hrs)

As the cannabis industry becomes more mainstream, OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) will be making sure that cannabis business employers are creating safe workplaces, just as any other industry. This Course incorporates the required core subject matter of the OSHA 10 Hour for general industry with an emphasis on those hazards specific to the emerging cannabis industries. The following subject matter will be covered:

• Intro to OSHA

• Hazard Communication and Chemical Safety in Cultivation and Extracting Processes

• Emergency Actions Plans, Fire Prevention and Exit Routes

• Hazardous Materials and Material Handling

• Introduction to Industrial Hygiene

• Slip, Trips, Falls and Electrical Safety

• Personal Protective Equipment

• Health and Safety Plans

Students who complete this course will receive an OSHA 10 General Industry Certification

Coming Soon

Introduction to Cannabis 101

This introductory course offers students a basic insight into the cannabis industry from "seeds to sales" This course looks at the history of the cannabis plant's use in medical, industrial, and commercial uses, the laws covering cannabis cultivation and commerce. This course is for anyone interested in a solid primer in basic cannabis knowledge, some of the course content covered: 

•Cannabis History and it's uses

• Cannabis Laws

• The Human Endocannabinoid System

• Medicinal Cannabis

• Cannabis in Edibles, Extracts, and Flower formulations

• THC, THCV, CBD, CBN, CBC and CBL Derivatives and their uses

• Overview of the roles and requirements for



Dispensaries/Delivery Services

Extractors and Refiners​

Designated Care Givers

• Licensing and Certification

Coming Soon

Food Safety for Cannabis Edibles Production (8-hrs)

Cornerstone Training Institute is a ServSafe Accredited Food Service Safety Trainer ensuring that students who complete this course meet the highest of industry standards.  The ServSafe Food Handler Certificate verifies basic food safety knowledge and is for individuals in food handler employee-level positions which include the safe and hygienic operations of cannabis edibles production.


• Preventing Foodborne Illness

• Cleaning and Sanitizing

• Potency and Dosage 

• Biological, Physical, and Chemical Contaminants

• Serving Sizes and Homogeneity

• Food Safety Plans

• Tracking Transport and Distribution

• Waste Disposal

 Upon successful completion of the ANSI ASTM 2659 accredited Food Handler course and 40-question exam, the employee will receive a Certificate of Achievement from the National Restaurant Association 

Coming Soon

Cannabis Retail Industry Basics Workshop

This detailed workshop helps anyone interested in learning about the considerations and preparation of operating a cannabis dispensary.  This course offers valuable tips and resources that can assist in the following areas:

• Assessing A Plan of action

• Licensing and the Application Processes

• Writing a Business Plan

• Estimating Dispensary Costs and Securing Financing

• Building Your Dream Team

• Designing Your Dispensary and Retail Experience

• Choosing the Right Dispensary Technology

• Safety and Security

• Sourcing your Cannabis Supply Chains

Coming Soon

Cannabis in the Workplace

Under the new legislation, New York employers can treat their employees' recreational cannabis use in the same manner as they do alcohol use: an employer may exclude cannabis from the workplace and prohibit employees from being impaired at work and on working time. This course helps employers, HR and managers understand the following:


  • Companies should not tolerate marijuana use on the job, just as they wouldn't tolerate alcohol use. 

  • Train managers to spot signs of impairment.

  • The type of testing a company uses and stay on top of developments in the technology of testing.

  • Talking to a lawyer about relevant state laws before setting policies and testing rules.

  • For companies operating in different states, know that testing policies may need to vary by location.

  • Educate employees about the company marijuana-use policy and the repercussions for failed tests, including random, post-accident or reasonable suspicion tests. 

Coming Soon
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