WEEDS was founded in 2013 by longtime
Cannabis grower and advocate, Don Briere,
a central figure in the evolution
of Cannabis retail.

WEEDSⓇ was founded in 2013 by longtime Cannabis grower and advocate, Don Briere. Briere is a central figure in the evolution of Cannabis retail in Canada.

Early in his journey with Cannabis Don saw the need for citizens to purchase healthy cannabis in a safe environment. In 2004, he partnered with Carol Gwilt to open Da Kine Smoke & Beverage Shop on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC, and to take normalization of cannabis to the next level – just another storefront in your community, creating jobs, paying taxes, and enhancing the safety of the community. The store garnered international attention, maybe too much, and 4 months later, with large lineups everyday and no complaints from neighbours, a gang of 62 police raided the store and Da Kine was written into the history books

In 2013, to realize his dream of reasonable and safe access to cannabis for all, Don incorporated WEEDS and began opening shops across Canada. Don’s wife, Carol Gwilt, would eventually bring her cannabis expertise and help grow WEEDSⓇ to the largest and most established dispensary chain in Canada, operating 44 stores across six provinces in the six years prior to legalization.

Commitment to Quality

WEEDSⓇ commitment to quality is “Tried, Tested, True”, a philosophy applied to every aspect of our business. Previously, all cannabis products had to be;

  • Healthy
  • High quality; and
  • 3rd party tested to reveal;:
    • Purity
    • Potency, and
    • Cannabinoid and terpene levels

Today we carefully select the brands and inspect the products we carry to ensure we are offering the best to our customers.

WEEDSⓇ contributes positively in each community we serve. It begins with our knowledgeable and friendly cannabis guides with whom we nurture a culture that creates a positive customer experience. When they join the Weeds family they receive above standard wages, and benefits for full time employees. Our stores are clean, bright and adorned with cool and heady art and glass.