When Good Chemistry’s founder and leader, Matthew Huron, saw the first tiny green stalk of his first seed he felt a mix of excitement and fear.
“It looked so tiny,” says Huron, who is now one of the most experienced growers of fine cannabis in the United States. “I was happy that I was able to get my first seed to grow, but I was concerned that my livelihood was dependent on such a fragile flower.”
In that moment, Matt realized the overarching truth of Good Chemistry Nurseries – the truth that our health and welfare are directly connected to the Cannabis plants we grow. “We need the plants, and the plants need us,” says Huron. “It’s a partnership and like any meaningful relationship it takes hands-on work, love and care to grow.”
This became evident to Matt in 1996 when his father and his father’s partner were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. In 1996, when medical marijuana became available in California, he saw firsthand the symptomatic relief patients experienced from this alternative medical treatment. In 2000, he began growing medical marijuana for AIDS patients throughout the state, founding and operating a nonprofit medical marijuana co-op.
After 10 years operating the Elmar Lins Compassion Co-Op, he moved to Colorado to co-found Wellspring Collective. In 2010, he launched Good Chemistry Colorado, planning the facility infrastructure design and construction, acquiring the necessary financing and directing the resulting work.
Today, Good Chemistry employs a staff of more than 150, operating dispensaries in Denver and Aurora. Matt has developed and implemented best practices in the medical and retail marijuana industry, including a Compassion Care Program that enables patients with limited resources to obtain medical marijuana at little or no cost.
His enforcement of policies and procedures throughout the company has ensured strict compliance with state and local regulations. Huron has collaborated with local leaders and law enforcement to enhance neighborhood safety and security.
Since 2010, Huron has expanded cultivation operations in two large Colorado facilities that are devoted solely to the production of more than 60 strains of marijuana. Further, he optimized the production of extracts and concentrates through solvent-less processing.
Huron is a founding board member of the Cannabis Business Alliance (CBA) and a founder and former board member of the National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA). He has served on the Colorado Department of Revenue’s Medical Marijuana Enforcement Division’s (MED) Licensing Authority Advisory Committee, which was charged with advising regulators on the development of production management, tax and other policies pertaining to the use of marijuana.
Huron has a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley.
Matthew’s entire 20+ year career is a testament to putting quality and consistency above everything else.