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Employee Feature: VP of Retail Operations, Stephen Spinosa

How did you end up working for Good Chemistry?

I met Matt back in 2010. We would run into each other through various cannabis industry meetings held at different dispensaries. At the time I was growing and running a retail store for a competitor. We stayed in touch and eventually met up to discuss an opportunity, managing the Colfax store. I just left my prior job and was debating on staying in the industry. I met with Matt and connected with his passion for the industry and drive to help make cannabis legal. Matt had an extremely positive, but rare attitude about the Industry and I wanted to be a part of his team.

What is your role?

I oversee operations to ensure patients and customers have the highest quality products and services in a safe and secure environment. I am responsible for budgeting, seed-to-sale inventory tracking and management, state and local regulatory compliance, policy and procedure development, staff hiring, training and management. Another aspect of my job is to manage the company’s Compassion Care Program, which provides marijuana products to hardship patients at minimal or no cost. In short, I manage the business side of both the Aurora and Colfax location, make sure the staff is happy and working hard, and provide remarkable product to everyone who walks in the door.

What makes you come to work every day?

The culture we have built here at Good Chemistry is undeniable and makes my job fun and rewarding. I genuinely enjoy all of the people who work for GC so it doesn’t make coming to work a chore. Having an energetic, passionate crew has helped make Good Chemistry what it is today. Another aspect of my job I love is educating the Good Chemistry customer on remarkable cannabis. Being able to help people make their lives better through cannabis is extremely satisfying and why I do what I do.

What has been your favorite project at Good Chemistry?

Building the Aurora store was an incredible project, but my favorite project is actually one that is still in the works. This particular project will change how people view cannabis and the industry as a whole. It has been a blast to develop and I cannot wait to see how people react to it when it goes live during this year’s 4/20 festivities.

Where would you like to see Good Chemistry in the next 5 years?

In the next 5 years I would like to see Good Chemistry become a household name in regards to quality cannabis. I can also envision a few more retail stores and grows in Colorado with a couple grows or stores, out-of-state.

What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?

I love spending time with my family; Preeya and I have twin boys, so we are very busy. I still get out to play basketball, work out, read, and enjoy/assess fine cannabis.

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Good Chem Employee Feature: Aaron Marshall

  • How did you end up working for Good Chemistry?
    • I started shopping with Good Chemistry as a medical patient around 2010-2011. I was working with another dispensary when I heard about the possibility of an Aurora Good Chemistry location. I expressed my interest in working with GC to Steve Spinosa and a short time later I started as a budtender with the opening of GC Aurora.
  • What is your role?
    • I am currently one of the assistant managers at Good Chemistry Aurora.
  • What makes you come to work everyday?
    • What keeps me coming back to work?  First of all is what got me into this industry in the first place, a pay check, No I’m just kidding. My love, passion, and interest in cannabis, as well as my co-workers (I have never worked with a more enjoyable group) make showing up to work very satisfying.
  • What has been your favorite project at Good Chemistry?
    • The opening of Good Chemistry Aurora has been my favorite project that I’ve been a part of in my entire working career so far. I was able to see what the store has become, as well as what it will grow into since we first opened the doors.  It has been a very fulfilling opportunity every step of the way.
  • What are some of the things you like to do outside of work?
    • When I’m not at work I practice Photography, I Longboard, I Camp, and I just like to be outdoors in general, smoking cannabis😉.
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Good Chemistry Aurora is featured in DiningOut Magazine’s “Top Aurora Dispensaries”

Good Chemistry {16840 East Iliff Avenue; 303.745.2420}

Good Chemistry is well-known for offering high-quality, affordable bud for recreational users. They even won recognition this year as the most affordable recreational dispensary with $30 eighths and $10 joints. Good Chemistry has billed its Aurora location as its flagship store, where they hope to continue demystifying cannabis by categorizing their product into four easy treatment tiers: Relax- ation, Relief, Sleep, and Stimulation. Good Chemistry’s proprietary strain, Ingrid, is great for those who have trouble sleeping at night, and their Blue Dream strain won “Best of the Rest” at the Denver Medical Cannabis Cup. Click here to go to article.

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Good Chemistry featured in Curbed’s “10 marijuana dispensaries break stereotypes with high design”

The dark and gloomy weed store gets a makeover

Marijuana legalization has a host of very real consequences for the country: the neutering of a dangerous black market, the slow acknowledgement of alternative medicines, and an influx of jobs, taxes, and merchandise that will shake America’s economy to the very core. However, we’re too busy swooning over the lush interiors of America’s emerging dispensary architecture to care about any of those things.

The emerging legal marijuana industry is the fastest-growing industry in the United States. Indeed, there are even architecture and design firms that specialize in the design of dispensaries and grow rooms. Erich Pearson, founder of the Sparc dispensary in San Francisco, believes that the design should “remove the stigma around cannabis and make people feel marijuana is normal.” Gone are blacked-out windows and the faint smell of pachouli at your local head shop, the next generation of dispensaries are well-lit, airy, and spacious. These ten interiors—best ogled with a spliff in hand—perfectly forecast a new design typology, coming soon to your neighborhood.


GOOD-CHEM-AURORAIn Aurora, Colorado, Good Chemistry uses sleek design to put the spotlight on the four color-coded categories of the recommended uses for cannabis: stimulation, sleep, relief, and relaxation.


Read the full list here.

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Good Chemistry makes Thrillist’s ‘Best Recreational Dispensaries in Denver’

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Whether you’re a professional weed reviewer or a recreational stoner, there are a LOT of Metro Denver rec shops to choose from: some are known for their selection, most for their quality, and a few just because they’re cool as hell.

Good Chemistry

Capitol Hill – Denver Recreational Dispensary

On top of the quality weed and low prices on offer here, each strain is marked with one or more of the following effects: Amplify, Relax, Relieve, and Sleep. Whether you’re a first-time shopper or simply want to try something new, this labeling system takes the guesswork out of your decision. If you can make it to the bigger, newer location in Aurora, you’re in for a treat — it’s one of the sexiest stores out there.


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Good Chemistry to open Aurora location

One of the state’s leading providers of marijuana products and services expands brand and geographic footprint with a new recreational dispensary in Aurora.

Aurora, CO (March 23, 2015) — Good Chemistry, one of Colorado’s leading providers of marijuana products and related services, will celebrate the opening of its second dispensary at 16840 E. Iliff Ave. in Aurora on April 9.

The 3,600-square-foot store will be open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily and will offer customers the same award-winning lineup of recreational marijuana products it offers at its original medical and recreational facility at 330 E. Colfax Ave. in Denver.

In developing the Aurora location and with an eye toward continued national expansion, Good Chemistry CEO and founder Matthew Huron brought together a team of experienced professionals to implement the company’s vision for a groundbreaking retail cannabis experience that is both inviting and educational.

Huron is one of the most experienced cultivators of marijuana in the United States and is an industry leader in best practices for marijuana cultivation and dispensing. He and his staff are using their expertise and knowledge to create a professional and user-friendly experience for customers of all interests.

Good Chemistry has established one of the nation’s most sophisticated nursery programs, with grow operations in metro Denver that produce consistent, high-quality products.

Good Chemistry Brand Growth Showcase in Aurora

“Everything we do at Good Chemistry is guided by four core principles – science, access, dignity and compassion,” Huron said. “We believe that cannabis has significant therapeutic benefits and we work to support and expand its study. We think that people should have access to safe, reliable and high-quality cannabis.”

To ensure that Good Chemistry is leading the industry in best practices and professionalism, Huron has developed a leadership team comprised of Chief Financial Officer Toby Nuber, a former investment banker with 15 years of experience in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions; Chief Production Officer Duncan Cameron, a botanist with more than five years of experience in operating and managing medical marijuana facilities; Vice President of Dispensary Operations Stephen Spinosa, an experienced operator and manager of licensed dispensaries with a strong business, finance and marketing background; Vice President of Business Development Meg Collins, a public policy expert and former head of the Cannabis Business Alliance, and Dr. Gwen Wurm, a physician with more than 30 years of medical experience, specializing in pediatrics.

In working to build its brand nationally, Good Chemistry enlisted the help of branding expert Michael Markowitz, president of Michael Markowitz + Associates, whose clients include Panera Bread, Anheuser Busch and Universal Studios. Markowitz brought in Joseph Duffy, design director at Duffy and Partners, and architect Tony Coleman of Tony Coleman Brand Design Retail Interiors, who worked together to design the brand and the new dispensary.

The team created a sleek, state-of-the-art facility based on the type of experience customers are seeking: stimulation, relaxation, sleep or relief. Good Chemistry created its category system to help people try cannabis strains and products in an informed way.

“We want to help people comfortably explore the world of cannabis and see how it might best fit into their lives – much like
the way they shop and learn about other products,” said Duffy.

The general contractor on the Aurora store is Your Green Contractor, founded by Nathan Mendel to work specifically with the cannabis industry. Mendel and his staff were instrumental in helping bring the branding team’s vision to life.

Good Chemistry founder Huron first got involved in the medical marijuana industry in the 1990s, when his father and his father’s partner were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. He saw firsthand the symptomatic relief his parents experienced from alternative medical marijuana treatments.

In 2000, he began growing medical marijuana for AIDS patients throughout California, founding and operating a nonprofit medical marijuana co-op that became one of the most respected in San Francisco.

After 10 years of operating the California co-op, Huron moved to Colorado to co-found the Wellspring Collective Medical Marijuana Center, which catered to seniors with health challenges and provided alternative health services.

Huron started Good Chemistry, a medical marijuana dispensary and nursery operation, in Denver in 2010. He is one of the founding members of the Cannabis Business Alliance, which advocates for sound marijuana industry policies and serves as a resource for small business owners, employees, patients and clients of the medical and recreational marijuana industry.

Contacts:

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Good Chemistry’s Pioneering Category System

At Good Chemistry we are committed to being leaders in making life better for people through the growth, production and use of cannabis. Starting at Good Chemistry Nurseries, our experienced and knowledgeable staff curates reliable and high quality cannabis every day.

When introducing strains to our consumers, it is our mission to ensure our customers are educated about the cannabis flower they are buying and consuming. To do this, Good Chemistry developed the pioneering Category System which is designed to familiarize consumers on what types of strains to use for desired results. To begin the process, Good Chemistry started a comprehensive study that had customers take surveys after using a specific strain, and reporting on the sensation they felt afterwards. From this, the Category System was born and was broken down into four main categories to help consumers decide which sensation they would like to experience: amplification, relaxation, relief or sleep.

Good Chemistry uses the four categories to guide their customers through their extensive daily flower menu. Each strain on the menu is labeled with the category it belongs in, making it easy for the Good Chemistry customer to pick a strain based on what sensation they are looking to achieve.

Some of Good Chemistry’s most popular strains include:

  • Ingrid: Sleep/Relive: Exclusive to Good Chemistry, Ingrid was found in a bag of Big Bud regular seeds brought to the US from Switzerland. When propagated, there was one plant that stood out from the rest. Look, growth, smell and density of bud set this particular plant apart from all her brothers and sisters. “Ingrid” is full of indica, known for nighttime pain relief and for helping with insomnia. Take your time when consuming Ingrid, as the extreme sedative effectives may present themselves 30 minutes after use.
  • Blue Dream: Amplify/ Relieve: Good Chemistry’s award-winning strain, Blue Dream, is sweet, smooth, smoky and known to promote creativity. Blue Dream balances fully body relief while its sativa parent Silver Haze leaves you feeling stimulated.
  • Sour Diesel: Amplify: The intense gasoline stench of our Sour Diesel is almost enough to make your eyes water from one whiff. When consumed, the effects of this strain can be felt almost instantly, starting with a strong mental focus that can lead to a surge of long lasting energy, heightened senses and an increased appetite.

 

Although the category system is a perfect way to determine what sensation can come from each strain, the first sensation from cannabis is the sensation of lift, or being high. Come by our Aurora and Colfax locations and see for yourself how the Category System can help you light up for any frame of mind. Our staff is excited to help you navigate your way to having the best experience as possible.

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Ingrid from Good Chemistry makes the Denver Westword’s “Ten Best Marijuana Strains of 2015”

10) Ingrid at Good Chemistry
16840 East Iliff Avenue, Aurora
303-745-2420

“Last week, in honor of 4/20, Good Chemistry was offering 42 percent off any of its flower. The penny pincher in me simply couldn’t resist the lure of discount pot, so I stopped by the new Aurora location, at 16840 East Iliff Avenue, to see if Good Chemistry and good cannabis were one and the same.

Don’t let Ingrid’s homely smell fool you. Burning this was like enjoying cheese and wine for dessert, and the knockout blow makes it an easy choice for insomnia or stress relief. With such strong and specific effects, my leftovers will be set aside for a rough day or when counting sheep just won’t cut it.”

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Product Feature: Good Chemistry’s Rosin

Good Chemistry now offers its exclusive, solvent-less hash oil, Rosin to customers and patients at both Colfax and Aurora location. Rosin is Good Chemistry’s way of offering our customers an alternative hash oil that is made simply by using heat and pressure. Our solvent-less processing eliminates the use of any harsh extraction methods such as butane, propane or CO2, making Rosin more natural for users of any level.

Rosin is a highly concentrated form of THC, produced by separating a honey-like resin from the marijuana plant material. The product can be consumed in a few different ways; however, the most popular method is “dabbing.” Good Chemistry Rosin should be stored in a cool, dry place to preserve its effect and texture.

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Duncan Cameron, CPO, Good Chemistry Nurseries

In Dope Magazine’s article “FIRE FRIDAY: ROCKIN’ ROSIN – Why This Solvent-Free, Heat-Based Extract Is Taking the Cannabis Industry By Storm”, Good Chemistry’s Chief Production Officer, Duncan Cameron, was interviewed about Rosin. “It was something totally new, totally solvent-free, no extraction equipment, and here’s another great plus: It maintains the integrity of the flower. So it has the same flavor as the flower, the same terpenes, unlike BHO, where what you get is an undifferentiated sludge.” Duncan also explains that the terpenes are an important part of cannabis’ “entourage effect,” the synergistic powers of all the compounds in cannabis working together. He states, “You can take vitamin C, and potassium, and fiber, but that doesn’t make an orange. You can take all those separately, and you’re still not getting the total benefit of eating an orange. It’s the same with cannabis. Nothing is the same as experiencing the flower in its original state, unadulterated — and that’s essentially what you do when you experience rosin.” You can read the full article here.

Stop by Good Chemistry Aurora or Good Chemistry Denver and try Rosin out for yourself. Make sure to also check out the daily flower menu including the exclusive strains of Ingrid and Mr. Good Chem, as well as the highly acclaimed Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, OGer, Durban Poison, and many others all at $30 per 1/8th. Every strain. Every Day.

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The Cannabist review Sour Diesel from Good Chemistry


Recommending Sour Diesel as a weed critic is like a music writer extolling the virtues of The Beatles or a historian making a case for George Washington as a great president. In fact, Sour Diesel probably belongs on a Mount Rushmore of marijuana — a fake monument that I desperately want my picture taken in front of. You’d be hard-pressed to walk into a Colorado dispensary and leave without seeing some form of Diesel on the shelf, so I’d be remiss if you didn’t know how to spot it.

Sour Diesel by the numbers: $30 per 1/8 at Good Chemistry, Denver & Aurora.

I usually refer to Sour Diesel as the Campbell’s Soup of pot because it’s one of the chunkier strains out there. The calyxes are typically much rounder, giving it the appearance of more body. If most strains are a soft-serve cone, Sour D is Dippin’ Dots. Almost always pale to lime green with dark sugar leaf in contrast, you’ll notice the pistils range from faded peach to a fiery orange.

Some people legitimately enjoy the smell of gasoline. I’m not here to judge. What I had a hard time understanding was where the “sour” part came in. I immediately thought Warheads candy for many years, but couldn’t place that in the herb. No, sour here is a noticeable funk that has little sweetness to it. Think lightly expired dairy and not a full-on fridge science experiment.

My fiancee (yes, I’m recently engaged!) and I have a pact when it comes to cleaning. She’s great at the day-to-day, make-sure-this-place-doesn’t-fall-apart maintenance. Every few months, I do an OCD-level sweep of the premises loaded up on coffee and sativa and the futuristic sounds of Glitch Mob radio on Pandora.

As it turns out, Sour Diesel and I make a great maid service.

Gearing up for her surprise birthday party (don’t worry: she doesn’t read my column) I smoked a quarter-gram and began ripping couches away from walls to find whatever Sheltie hair and menacing spiders had been calling the space home. Our guests can’t know these things exist. Compared to a haze strain, the energy was much more focused as I methodically worked through the living room with the precision of Jack Bauer clearing a building of potential threats. I went full “24″ on it.

Usually anything I do that emulates Kiefer Sutherland takes a toll on my back. This was no exception. Only, I didn’t seem to notice until I was two hours in that a dull ache had crept up. Sour D isn’t the best at knocking out heavy pain, but this was a good example of a time when simply being distracted was enough to win the day.

Sour Diesel is the ultimate in what I call a nice “vacation sativa.” It’s not as mentally engaging (or paranoia inducing) as a strong haze, but isn’t as heavy as a Trainwreck or Jack strain. You can smoke a bit and still have a head on your shoulders for exploring the city. Plus, chances are you’ve smoked it before.

via Sour Diesel (marijuana review).

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