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Westlake council member Davis joins T.O. marijuana gold rush

A group with ties to a tobacco-importing empire—and supported by a Westlake Village City Council member—is one of five vying to operate East Ventura County’s first legal medical marijuana dispensary.

The last day to apply was March 30.

Among the applicants are both those who’ve been involved in the marijuana industry for years and apparent newcomers.

DBO Investments, which operates From the Earth dispensaries and boasts four facilities in the state—including a Port Hueneme dispensary scheduled to open later this year—is one of the applicants to sell medical pot in T.O.

More familiar to local residents: half-brothers Sean Cassar and Patrick Spillane of Moorpark-based Kretek International. The pair’s father, 81-year-old Hugh Cassar, is one of the Conejo Valley’s wealthiest residents and biggest philanthropists.


The Malta native worked as a CPA, car salesman and real estate broker before starting to amass a fortune in his mid-40s importing clove cigarettes from Indonesia, he told Tobacco Business magazine in a January profile of Cassar.

Applicants Sean Cassar and Spillane have dubbed their new venture Legendary Organics. The LLC incorporated March 14 and lists its business address as 2712 Conejo Center Drive, Newbury Park.

Spillane, on his LinkedIn page, lists himself as senior vice president of IDS Real Estate Group, but the Tobacco Business article says Spillane leads new business development efforts at Kretek. The same article lists Sean Cassar as secretary for the company and president of Ultra Superfoods, one of several Kretek subsidiaries.

Alongside the family members listed in the application is Ned Davis, an 11-year City Council member in neighboring Westlake Village, a city where commercial cannabis is banned.

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Published: April 25, 2018

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