In 2004, he partnered with Carol Gwilt to open Da Kine Smoke & Beverage Shop on Commercial Drive in Vancouver, BC, to take the normalization of cannabis to the next level. Just another storefront in your community, creating jobs, paying taxes, and enhancing the community's safety. The store garnered international attention, maybe too much. Four months later, with extensive lineups, every day, 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 before legalization.