Prohibition in Canada put a lot of people in jail and that did not stop very many from believing in the plant anyways. One of the most important things we can remember as Canadians right now during this historic time is that it is not true legalization without decriminalization. Its just not and if its going to be truly legal we need cannabis amnesty and we need it retroactively applied.
I hope you enjoy our best of lists as much as we did creating them.
Dispensary culture was such a big part of prohibition in Canada over the last few years and such an interesting subculture has risen out of this. That of the savvy cannabis consumer. A brand new, ever growing, consumer group becoming hyper aware of things like how a store looked and represented itself with its customer base and with it’s own community and municipality. Inside the store things like engaging and educated budtenders, packaging and proper labeling, selection and consistency became very very important to Canadian cannabis consumers. Unregulated market or not – a standard was being set.
Over the last five years we have seen countless cannabis based storefronts start and thrive and some failed and some were amazing and others were not. A select few however, really stood out to us here at High! Canada Magazine and we would like to take a moment to shout out some of the better shops we have encountered in our travels.
Narrowing it down to our top 10 was too difficult so we whittled it down to our top 15 instead. These are the opinions of High! Canada Magazine and based on the fact that we have toured a phenomenal number of dispensaries over the last four years. They are not ranked in any particular order but they do represent some of the best dispensaries we have had the pleasure of visiting pre-legalization.
2. BC Pain Society
3. Bud Remedy
5. Toronto Dispensary
6. Martin Medical Services
7. Toronto Holistic Cannabinoids
8. Eggs Canna
9. Okanagan Cannabinoid Therapies
11. Weeds Glass & Gifts
12. Barrie Dispensary
13. Canada Bliss Herbals
14. Shadow Mountain Society
15. Medicine Wheel