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Keepin’ It Classy: Cannabist

Take your time and window shop through the open layout and you may just find something you didn’t know existed.

Photos by Mike Ricker

The PB Perch

In April of 2019 the east hill of the Pacific Beach area welcomed this friendly newcomer to their inviting sands and soft breezes. If you’ve ever hung out in PB, you know it’s a chill vibe of living in the moment – and the energy of this fun spot captures that feeling like a refreshing Cannabis cocktail spritzer with a pineapple and umbrella garnish. It’s wonderful how this aesthetic coalesces with this flip flop/tank top neighborhood of America’s Finest City. And not only can you fill up on Cannabis specialties here, but around the corner at the world-famous Rubio’s, why not finish with some fire fish tacos to make it an exceptional San Diego day?  

SoCal Swagger 

There’s a reason why there’s a “t” on the end of their title – it’s because they are specialized! This ever-changing market requires a lot of adaptability and they’ve learned to roll with the incessant changes of the industry while never impacting the customer’s experience. Clearly, this is a boutique production where there’s very little employee turnover – a place where you feel comfortable chatting with your like-minded tribe. Take your time and window shop through the open layout and you may just find something you didn’t know existed, like a quality brand of CBN that can change your life with better sleep, or CBG that may help lift your mood. Bottom line: These budtenders are all about finding solutions that improve your life.  

Good For The Hood 

Since the inception, this team of bright enthusiasts hustled hard in their objective to create a higher experience for Cannabis lovers through word-of-mouth messaging around quality and consistency. Now, that reputation reaches to the far ends of the I-5 corridor, upon which this shop is closely nestled. Their beach cleanups have gotten incredibly popular through the nonprofit Purpose First, where on the first Saturday of the month for three years they’ve galvanized over 100 volunteers, regularly picking up 300 pounds of trash per event. In addition, they’ve teamed with Weed for Warriors to get veterans free meds thanks to legislative bill SB34. Teamwork makes the dream work!

Staff Picks 


The Plug Half Ounce Variety –Reina
Farm Cut Pink Boost Goddess –Emma
CAM Permanent Marker –Shaggy


CBX Kush Mountains Preroll –Joe
KOA Banana Jelly x Guava Gas 10pk Infused –Levi
Artisan P90 Infused Blunt –LV


Amber Clear Pineapple Express –Patrick
Cake Alien Lemonade Disposable –Jay
Rosin Tech ZMO Disposable –Molly 


Amber Grape Pie Diamonds –Sarah
The Plug Apple Tart Sugar –Levi
Community Polar Pop Rosin –Carter


Press Rally Tablets –Kevin
Gelato Mint Chocolate Last Bite Cones –Andres
Kanha Tranquility CBN Gummies –Danny

Photos by @rickerdj

About Mike Ricker

The first time Ricker smoked weed was at a Santana concert at the age of 12. He then followed in his footsteps as an award-winning radio personality who became notorious for offering a stage for bong toking listeners in 9 different markets over 20 years. In 2016, the Cannabis industry came calling and the rest is history.

This article was originally published in the March 2024 issue of California Leaf.

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