As the cannabis retail landscape continues to evolve, the pursuit of excellence within the industry is recognized and celebrated. In the spirit of acknowledging innovation, customer-centric approaches, and a commitment to creating exceptional experiences, the quest for the National Retail Brand of the Year (OTY) stands as a testament to the outstanding contributions of industry leaders. This year each of the finalists found their way by carving a distinctive niche in the cannabis retail sphere. From groundbreaking concepts to premium branding, these finalists exemplify what it means to go beyond conventional retail, defining the essence of exceptional cannabis shopping experiences. Join us as we explore the narratives of these remarkable brands, unveiling the unique features that have propelled them to the forefront of the National Retail Brand of the Year nomination.

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Lucid Cannabis

Lucid Cannabis is a cannabis retail store that is headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta with storefronts in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and British Columbia. Lucid is a multiple award-winning Canadian cannabis and lifestyle brand providing their customers with a best-in-class retail experience throughout Western Canada. This sets them apart from most storefronts when it comes to the design and layout of most of their stores.


Founded in 2018, Spiritleaf describes itself as a trailblazing company leading the cavalry of cannabis retailers in a new Canadian industry. Spiritleaf’s storefronts are not just cannabis retail stores; they are immersive spaces designed to create a welcoming and informative environment.

Spiritleaf values an inclusionary approach to the recreational cannabis retail experience: its stores offer an impressive selection of products, knowledgeable staff, and a welcoming and comfortable environment. They aim to foster a true community spirit through what they stand for, who they serve and the products they provide.

Canna Cabana

Canna Cabana has humble beginnings as one of the few legacy brands that started back in 2009 when they were better known as “Smoker’s Corner”. With over 150 cannabis retail stores across Canada today they may be one of the largest. Boasting locations in Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Ottawa, and more, Canna Cabana remains connected to the farthest reaches of Canadian Borders both virtually and in reality with over 20,000 followers on Instagram, they remain committed to providing the best variety of cannabis products for the lowest price. Offering a price-match guarantee and a free membership they stay connected to the various communities they serve while providing an often vibrant and informative space for budding weed connoisseurs.

Tokyo Smoke

With a focus on modernity and innovation, Tokyo Smoke is another storefront that has stood the test of time in the Canadian Cannabis Landscape. Renowned as an OG cannabis lifestyle brand, Tokyo Smoke’s premium branding goes beyond aesthetics, embodying a dedication to delivering a high-quality and curated experience.  Tokyo Smoke’s intent-based organization redefines the traditional retail experience by categorizing products into distinct intents like Go, Rise, Equalize, Ease, and Pause, this sets them apart from most providing a unique way to offer customers a personalized cannabis journey. Tokyo Smoke cements its distinctive identity, curating offerings that resonate with the varied interests and preferences of its discerning clientele, solidifying its status as a pioneering force in the retail cannabis industry.


Four20 has been paying homage to the cultural reference while delivering the goods since 2018. A cultural ambassador and storefront in one, they value fostering a sense of community and camaraderie among cannabis enthusiasts who appreciate and celebrate the cultural symbolism associated with “four-twenty” while remaining committed to their goal and core purpose to “improve their communities and make every experience remarkable”. They release annual community reports marking their achievements and collective efforts to better the communities surrounding them.

Which of these National Cannabis Retail Brands are you voting for?

In the dynamic landscape of cannabis retail, the National Retail Brand of the Year finalists illuminate the path toward innovation and excellence. Through groundbreaking concepts and premium branding, these brands redefine the essence of exceptional cannabis shopping experiences. As we celebrate their unique stories, it becomes evident that these finalists are not just industry leaders; they are pioneers shaping the future of cannabis retail, marking an extraordinary journey toward distinction and customer-centric excellence.

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Last Updated on January 10, 2024 by ADCANN



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