MEET THE 3RD STREET DISPENSARY MANAGEMENT TEAM
Brody is the general manager at 3SD. He’s an animal lover, an all-around good guy, and most importantly to you, he’s primarily credited for our marijuana selection and education. He loves everything marijuana – inspecting, purchasing, researching, growing, consulting, and talking.
Brody is a quiet man, a man of few words, until you start talking shop (as in pot). This passion fed and continually nurtures his knowledge (and others) of marijuana.
Brody is life-long cannabis lover, first discovering the benefits in adolescence. As if the challenges of adolescence aren’t enough, throw in OCD and anxiety, and sprinkle in some common undesired effects of Rx drugs on top of it. It was a lot to deal with. In looking for a change, Brody discovered marijuana and quickly appreciated it, helping transform his ‘analyzing’ personality into something functional rather than debilitating, paralyzing, or personality suppression.
When Brody isn’t working at 3SD, you’ll likely find him with his dog, playing and enjoying strategy-based video games (explains his love for Bridge in the 3rd grade), or busy nurturing his ‘crops’, researching marijuana, and listening to cannabis-based podcasts. (We told you – everything marijuana!)
Needless to say, 3SD feels lucky to have him and know him.
Assistant General Manager
Crystal was one of the first hires at 3SD, and we scored BIG. With her love of plant medicine, and passion for patient education, Crystal has been such an asset to our team. We couldn't be more appreciative of everything she brings to the patient experience, too.
Authenticity. It is that word that Community Engagement Manager, Ashley Smithson, defines her life. Without it, everything fails. Relationships, communication, and even marketing campaigns. Authentically human includes a level of honesty some might cringe at, but Ashley can’t help herself. An open book is how anyone that knows her would describe her. You don’t have to wonder what she’s thinking about…she’ll tell you!
Following college, Ashley leveraged her openness and desire to reach people in internship writing stories for KSHB 41-Action News; crafting legislative updates for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce; running the stadium tour and tailgate programs for the Kansas City Chiefs; designing marketing content for Grain Valley High School and MSHSAA’s Activities Director, and now creating content for 3rd Street Dispensary in Lee’s Summit.
Accepting the Community Engagement Manager role with 3SD has allowed her to combine her passion for the psychology and sociology of marketing with her love of cannabis. Finding cannabis as a teenager to ease the symptoms of PTSD and anxiety, Ashley had a personal connection to the medicinal properties of the plant in addition to a historical connection given that her father was a Vietnam Veteran that illegally obtained and consumed cannabis to treat his PTSD in the 1970s including spending 2 years in federal prison on possession and sales charges.
Having the opportunity to work to break the stigma against the plant was her primary focus in re-entering the workforce following starting a family. Being out and proud about her cannabis use and support is one way she hopes to break that stigma and work towards a more inclusive future for all.