The shortlist and venue for the Cannabiz Awards for Australia and New Zealand 2023 have been announced after a staggering number of entries were received across the 20 categories.

Medcan and Puro NZ came away with the most shortlisted entries at six each, with Astrid Dispensary and Herbal Health Clinics close behind on five.

Other notable achievements included Australian Natural Therapeutics Group, ECS Botanics, Little Green Pharma, Cannatrek and Helius Therapeutics each scoring four nominations.

The awards will be presented on the evening of June 8 at Melbourne’s Showtime Events Centre, located within walking distance of the CBD.

Medcan was shortlisted for Company of the Year, Clinic/Telehealth Service of the Year (Cann I Help) and Best Patient-Focused Initiative for its compassionate access program, among others.

And Puro NZ led the way from across the Tasman with nominations including Cultivator/Manufacturer of the Year, the Environmental, Social and Governance Award and the Cannabiz Award for Industry Collaboration (with Helius).

Astrid gained nods in categories including Company of the Year, Best Place to Work and Dispensary/Pharmacy of the Year while Herbal Health Clinics saw Dr James Stewart shortlisted for Business Leader and Prescribing Healthcare Practitioner of the Year among its five nominations.

Tickets for the presentation ceremony and gala dinner (with discounted rates for Premium members) go on sale next week.

The official shortlist is below.


Company of the Year

Astrid Dispensary
Biortica Agrimed
Little Green Pharma
Medcan Group
Puro NZ
Vitura Health

Best Place to Work

Astrid Dispensary
Australian Natural Therapeutics Group
Bod Science
ECS Botanics
Helius Therapeutics
Naturally Elevated
Puro NZ

Start-up Company of the Year

Alfie Therapeutics
Biortica Agrimed
Herbal Health Clinics by Dr James Stewart
Standard Botanic

Medical Science Liaison Team of the Year



Clinic/Telehealth Service of the Year

Cann I Help
Greencare Clinics
Herbal Health Clinics by Dr James Stewart
MediGreen Clinic

Dispensary/Pharmacy of the Year

Astrid Dispensary
Broadbeach Waters Pharmacy
Dispense Direct
MediGreen Dispensary
Scott Street Pharmacy
TerryWhite Chemmart, Hawthorn

Best Education/Engagement Initiative

Advancing Cannabis Education and Reducing Stigma in Healthcare, The Australian and New Zealand College of Cannabinoid Practitioners
CBD Vets Australia
Levin Health
Medicinal Cannabis Awareness Week

Best Patient-Focused Initiative

Cannatrek’s Compassionate Access Support Program
Little Green Pharma’s Compassionate Access Scheme Program
Medcan Group’s Compassionate Access Program, Cann I Help
Medicinal Cannabis Awareness Week
Provocatus, The Veteran Access Scheme


Cultivator/Manufacturer of the Year

Australian Natural Therapeutics Group
ECS Botanics
Helius Therapeutics
Little Green Pharma
Medicinal Harvest
Puro NZ
Tasmanian Botanics

Hemp Product of the Year

Bloom Pharms, Bloom Pure Infusion 1500mg
Hemp Oz Kombucha
Herbee Hemp-Infused Gin
Margaret River Hemp Co’s Organic Hemp Body Butter

Product Launch of the Year

Alfie Therapeutics
Australian Natural Therapeutics Group
Helius Therapeutics
Kind Medical

R&D Project of the Year

Little Green Pharma/The University of Sydney – The QUality of life Evaluation STudy (QUEST) Initiative
Medcan Group’s project with WA University – The Effects of THC and CBD on Schizotypy


Business Leader of the Year

Dan Howard, Tasmanian Botanics
Dr James Stewart, Herbal Health Clinics
Jo Patterson, Bod Science
Lisa Nguyen, Astrid Dispensary
Matthew Cantelo, Australian Natural Therapeutics Group
Nan-Maree Schoerie, ECS Botanics

Best Industry Newcomer

Dr Nic Giummarra, Herbal Health Clinics
Olivia (Liv) Lackmann, Dr Shu Medical Services
Phoebe Macleod, Heyday Medical
Winston Macfarlane, Puro NZ

Prescribing Healthcare Practitioner of the Year

Dr James Stewart, Herbal Health Clinics
Dr Jim Connell, Heyday Medical
Dr John Teh, PlantMed
Dr Laurence Kemp, Medcan Group
Dr Mihindu Jayasuriya, Releaf Group
Dr Orit Holtzman, Leura Wellness

Patient Advocate of the Year

Dr Laurence Kemp, Medcan Group
Lucy Haslam, United in Compassion/Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association
Norhawa (Bee) Mohamed, Astrid Dispensary


Cannabiz Award for Innovation

Althea soft-gel capsule range
Bod Science Medicabilis
Heyday Innovative Range
Novachem SyqeAir Inhaler
Standard Botanic
Whistler Technologies

Environmental, Social and Governance Award

Carbon Futures
ECS Botanics
Helius Therapeutics
Puro New Zealand

Cannabiz Award for Industry Advancement

Australian Industrial Hemp Alliance
Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association
Dr Marta Calvo Blanco
Emily Rigby
Fiona Patten

Cannabiz Award for Industry Collaboration

Australian Medicinal Cannabis Association
Foliumed (with Althea)
Puro NZ and Helius
Standard Botanic

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