SBCC Chief Smokes ‘Leaf Learning’ Classes, But College Trustees Reinstate Them

The head of Carpinteria-based KopSun LLC said over the weekend that the president of Santa Barbara City College would not allow two “Leaf Learning” classes to be taught at the Schott Campus as scheduled this month. 

“We received a call on Wednesday (Oct. 9) from Santa Barbara City College’s School of Extended Learning to learn that interim President/Superintendent Helen Benjamin pulled the plug on our Leaf Learning: “Basic CBD & Cannabis” courses without any warning or reason two days before the first class was scheduled,” KopSun CEO Tina Fanucchi-Frontado.

Fanucchi-Frontado made that statement in a Sunday email titled: “Don’t Let the Anti-Cannabis Bullies Scare You.” Two classes were scheduled to be presented Oct. 12 and 19 at the Schott Campus in Santa Barbara. 

“Needless to say, we are very disappointed,” she said. “We also apologize to those who were looking forward to learning about enhancing their health and searching for pain relief.” 

College officials could not be reached immediately for comment. KopSun has been presenting its free and well-attended Leaf Learning sessions at the Carpinteria Women’s Club since the beginning of the year. 

The sessions are taught by Kopsun’s executive team of Fanucchi-Frontado, Leigh-Anne Anderson and Amy Marie Orozco. Anderson said the Leaf Learning classes were rescheduled for the four Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Schott Center campus. in February 2020.

She said after hearing the classes were dropped, KopSun wrote a letter to members of the college trustees who called for the classes to be back on the schedule.

“Cannabis basics” are covered in the sessions, such as THC vs. CBD, their various therapeutic properties, clearing the confusion of legality and availability, and learning what’s right for a particular person’s body. 

“You are probably very aware of a small but loud group of anti-cannabis bullies,” the KopSun CEO said. “We speculate they may have lodged the complaint effort. Our stance is that it’s cruel to deny this learning opportunity to people in pain. Our experience tells us many with arthritis, insomnia, and plenty of other disorders have been helped immensely by the cannabis plant and Leaf Learning sessions.” 

She said, “Plus, let’s not forget SBCC is a public institution and the subject matter is completely legal. Even before this injustice, we were full-speed ahead expanding our education footprint, heading north with new course facilitators and more classes.”

KopSun also noted that its “Coffee with a Cannabis Farmer” is almost at capacity on Oct. 25. A waiting list for another event is available for January. For more information on that, email [email protected].  

Posted Oct. 13, 2019. Updated Oct. 14, 2019.

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