PICTURED: Leaf Dispensary in Thousand Oaks. Photo submitted
by Alex Wilson
David MacFarlane has witnessed huge changes in the legal cannabis market since helping found one of Santa Barbara County’s first medical marijuana collectives in 2007.
What started off as a group of medical marijuana patients sharing what they grew in the hills above Santa Barbara has led to the sleek Leaf Dispensary in Thousand Oaks, slated to become one of the Conejo Valley’s first adult-use dispensaries on Aug. 5.
MacFarlane grew up in Thousand Oaks and became interested in the healing properties of the plant before opening the Santa Barbara Care Center in Goleta. Starting out, he didn’t envision a multi-location business carrying dozens of slickly packaged cannabis products.
“I did it for the love of what it did for people. I grew up in a family where my dad was a chiropractor and all about holistic health, medicine, and natural healing and I was always raised in that manner,” he said.
It was around 2006, when the medical marijuana movement was gaining steam, that he was inspired to