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Cannabliss opened its doors in August 2019. We are the first dispensary in Washington DC solely owned by a black man.


We've hosted community-focused block parties that infused music, art, fashion, and food into the festivities. These events have highlighted all the positive aspects of our core identity:

Community  |  Culture  |  Cannabis

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Our dispensary currently provides patient care and jobs for the Community. As a patient first, Norbert believes in the healing power of cannabis.

We feel medical cannabis should be accessible to people as an alternative to pharmaceuticals.

Cannabis provides healing and restorative properties for a wide range of ailments, and illnesses, giving patients and consumers a natural alternative for achieving all around wellness.

Cannabliss offers premium holistic products for patients living in the District of Columbia and offers reciprocity for all states that have a medical cannabis program.

In addition to community and cannabis, Cannabliss also champions cultural development through art, music and entertainment helping to promote talent in all its dynamic forms.



Cannabliss focuses on all facets of a person:


Physically, psychologically, socially, mentally and spiritually in the management and prevention of chronic pain.


It is underpinned by the concept that there is a link between our physical health and our more general 'well-being’.


Our goal is to help people heal from trauma in a holistic environment. Sharing positive energy while aiming for a pain free life is our mission.


Patient access to the best quality cannabis with the best customer service and the lowest prices is our goal.



Neighborhood landmark, the former Dave Brown Liquor store, is now a space where people can safely access legal, tested cannabis to experience a full spectrum of health and wellness benefits.

Cannabliss is a tourist destination amidst Washington DC’s rich culture, offering premium products, merchandise, and educational information, while providing accessible and safe cannabis care.

Winning the coveted license to own a dispensary in Ward 7 was not an easy task. We continue to work tirelessly within the guidelines of the law to ensure that Cannabliss reigns as the premier black-owned cannabis brand and dispensary, passing all necessary regulations and checks.

 “As black people, the cannabis industry is an industry that we’ve been notoriously left out of, where this is an opportunity for us to build a special expertise.”

- Norbert Pickett.



Norbert Pickett was born in Fitchburg, MA and graduated from Boston University with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Having grown up in a small city Mr Pickett gravitated towards sports, specifically basketball, where he was inducted into the Fitchburg High School Hall of Fame in 2017 and the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in 2015. 

In 1996, Pickett began marketing professional sports as an Account Executive, creating corporate marketing programs for the Washington Wizards - National Basketball Association, Washington Capitals - National Hockey League and the Washington Mystics - Women’s National Basketball Association in Washington, DC.

During his tenure in 1998 with the Philadelphia Eagles - National Football League in Philadelphia, PA, Pickett was the Corporate Sales, Account Supervisor responsible for all facets of marketing. Cross marketing strategies Pickett innovated were used to create corporate sponsorships in television, radio, print and internet through integrated marketing packages.

assistance can safely medicate with cannabis without the threat of losing their government subsidy.

Mr Pickett was forced into early retirement due to being hit in an automobile accident that left him permanently disabled. He has had 17 spinal procedures and 4 major spinal surgeries that left him unable to walk. He had to learn how to walk again twice as well as go through 5 years of physical therapy. Mr Pickett had his L4-L5 S1-S4 fused twice as well, two discs have been extracted. Mr Pickett had his cervical fused twice C3-6. He’s been diagnosed with S1 nerve damage and sensory nerve damage that is lifelong. He weaned himself off many doctor prescription drugs that were opioids. THC and CBD helped him accomplish this and continue to assist Mr Pickett with dealing with the daily chronic pain which he will experience for the rest of his life. His main objective is to provide other patients with cannabis at a low cost in order to give them a better quality of life.

Norbert was a Producer on a multitude of feature films and television shows in Hollywood for over 16 years. 

Mr Pickett lives in Washington, DC and resides with his wife Collette. He has volunteered at the following foundations: Karyn Parsons Foundation Sweet Blackberry and Being Alive - helping people with HIV/AIDS Action Coalition. In the past he’s volunteered at the Washington Wizards/Washington Capitals Feed The Homeless, Philadelphia Eagles Playground Build, Philadelphia Eagles Habitat For Humanity, ABC 7 Walk Against Domestic Violence and LA AIDS Walk.

About Our Founder Norbert Pickett
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