Cannabis Boutique

Daikoku stands out from other cannabis retailers in a very obvious way: the store name makes no reference, implied or oblique, to cannabis.

Instead, it’s a foreign word. Oftentimes, when people get it right, there’s laughter and even a mini celebration (it’s pronounced: da•i•ko•ku – we’ll teach you when you come to the store).

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Artist feature: Rustic Smoke

Borne from Jaime’s company “Rustic Country Designs JS,” couple Jaime and Ryan Sandmaier have created high-quality rolling trays and ashtrays with their company “Rustic Smoke” (which is a part of Rustic Designs JS!). Here’s a quick introduction to two amazing artisans:

Where are you located?

Sturgeon County/ Edmonton area. 

What cannabis accessories do you make?

Premium hardwood trays and ashtrays. We work primarily with walnut and maple.  The difference in colours that are exposed with each of those hardwoods, and the quality of the species themselves, made it an easy choice for us to create our best products. 

What other items do you create in your studio?

Barnwood inspired items, burned and aged. Everything from family name signs, wood wall art, Christmas signs, coffee tables and home décor items!  Anything from custom farmhouse style signs, to rustic kitchen tables and benches with steel legs, as well as faux beams for mantles and ceilings and shiplap to create theme walls.

What’s a funny story about your business?

When Ryan saw how well Rustic Country Designs was doing after only 4 years of business, he decided to hop on this train and create his own batch of products.  After all, no one has EVER said it was a bad idea to work with your spouse so closely… right? Luckily, we’re pretty big fans of each other, and we’ve been on the same page (mostly, let’s be honest) for the better part of 17 years.  

What’s the biggest challenge your business has had to overcome?

Our biggest challenge in growing the Rustic Smoke brand has been showing retailers and consumers the difference quality makes.  To get the true passion that is put into our products, it has to be experienced in person. We are big believers that your ritual should be unique to you, and you deserve the best.  You deserve a high-grade cannabis, and you deserve a high-grade product to enjoy it with.  That’s where we’ve got you covered.  

What’s your mantra?

Keep it simple, but significant.  When you use high-quality products, you get a high-quality experience. 

Keep it in Canada: Do’s and Don’ts of Travelling with Cannabis

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Can I bring my own cannabis into Canada?

While medical and recreational cannabis is legal in Canada, it is illegal to cross the border in possession of cannabis. This is a blanket prohibition: it applies regardless of where you’re from or how much you have in your possession. And yes, this includes medical cannabis even with proof of prescription.

Can I leave Canada with some cannabis as a souvenir?

It is illegal to cross the border in possession of cannabis. Yes, this applies when you’re leaving the country as well, even if marijuana is legal at your destination. You might even be denied entry into countries that prohibit consumption of cannabis.

Some countries, such as Japan and South Korea, have issued statements whereby nationals visiting Canada who consume cannabis could face the same consequences as if they had consumed it at home.

Can I bring cannabis with me when travelling within Canada?

You can travel with legally purchased cannabis within Canada.

That being said, you need to follow local laws with regards to possession and consumption. For example, in Alberta, you must be 18 to purchase cannabis. Most other provinces and territories have set the minimum age to 19. Meanwhile, Québec is gearing up to make the legal age for cannabis purchase and consumption 21.