Cal Lutheran alumni help open first medical cannabis dispensary in T.O

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Legendary Organics is the first medical marijuana dispensary to open in Thousand Oaks.

Melodie Truchi, Reporter

Tyler Lucas and Nathaniel Thompson, California Lutheran University Alumni and now owners of a marketing company named Revolt Creative helped with the business and brand development for Legendary Organics, the first medical cannabis dispensary to open in the city of Thousand Oaks. 

Lucas and Thompson said in a zoom interview that they are excited to help bring this business to Thousand Oaks in particular because they get to work directly in the town of their college.

“Cal Lu always did a great job of making people feel involved and engaged. But in a professional manner I guess it’s the first time where I’ve been able to be a part of something where I’m seeing multiple community members come together,” Lucas said. 

Former Westlake Village Mayor Ned Davis, managing member of the LLC that owns Legendary Organics, submitted an application to the city of Thousand Oaks in March of 2018. Davis was one of five other businesses that submitted applications. 

Davis received the permit to operate a medicinal only cannabis retail store on July 10, 2018 and the license from the state on Dec. 18, 2021.

 “After going through a lot of humps and hurdles we got through the process of working with the city and eventually with the state,” Davis said.

Davis understands the community and the types of businesses that are here.

“All three founders are local in the area so everyone understands the community and neighborhood. They’ve all invested in the community in terms of growing up their, their businesses, and expanding that out,” Thompson said.

Lucas said Legendary Organics is trying to be a staple and a cornerstone in the educational experience of how people can practice cannabis in a safe way.

“So the whole meaning of ‘be legendary, be you’ is created to really embody how people can get engaged in a healthy matter with cannabis use,” Lucas said.

Davis became interested in the topic of cannabis after researching and learning about it as a potential business. Davis said after doing his research, knowing how to use cannabis in a medicinal way became important to him. 

“It is a medication that is mild enough to be used for chronic situations and is strong enough to require some regulation to it…You need real scientific knowledge of how it interacts with your body and other drugs you might be taking,” Davis said.

Davis said for elderly patients this is significant to consider because of the other medications they might be taking. 

Davis said there is 80 years of misinformation and disinformation of cannabis use. His family has a history in the medical field, and experience with cannabis. Davis said that one of the drugs his grandfather had to use because there was no big pharma prior to the second World War was a tinkshirt of cannabis to stop an epileptic seizure. 

“My grandfather who was born in 1890 was a physician in 1914 and went to first class of Harvard for orthopedics and when he got out of medical school he went into private practice with my great grandfather,” Davis said.

Davis said he hopes this business brings access to medical cannabis to people who need it. He said it could help with anything ranging from nausea to side effects of chemotherapy.

“Cannabis is not a cure but is something that can make you more comfortable,” Davis said.

Not only is cannabis being used medically, but also in a social setting like wine and beer, which can cause misconceptions about the drug. 

“The people who you stereotype as cannabis users, you can’t do that anymore. It’s just not possible because the use of cannabis is across the spectrum of socio economics educational use,” Davis said. 

Lucas said there are learning curves in any industry where it involves the use of what people consider ‘recreational drug use.’ 

“There’s definitely a learning curve as technology and science continues to advance,” Lucas said.