Since the Cole memo arrived in 2013, dispensaries have been liberated from the necessarily medicinal vibe. In the aesthetics of retail cannabis, Harborside next took the reins. We may well be at the tail end of “Apple of Cannabis” design fascination and heading into the rise of themed dispensaries.
- Caliva brand strategist Jay-Z has a New York deli-style dispensary operating in the Los Angeles suburb of Bellflower. Santa Rosa has Doobie Nights, a 3,700-square-foot psychedelic wonderland.
- Top themed retail examples outside of Cali include Denver’s anti-prohibition museum Smokin Gun Apothecary and Oregon’s Electric Lettuce dispensaries.