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CULTURE MAGAZINE: Cannabis Gives Back


Helping Underserved and Marginalized Communities

We’ve already seen all the good that cannabis can do. From providing medical relief and safe recreation to generating tax revenue thanks to astronomical sales, more and more people all the time are starting to come around to the idea that cannabis is a good thing that can do good for the community. But in addition to all of this, there are many programs within the cannabis industry that go a step further, intentionally using products and profits to make the world, or at least the local community, a better place. Here are a few ways that cannabis is giving back and helping contribute to positive change.

In addition to helping out the environment, many cannabis businesses go out of their way to serve communities that otherwise would be passed over. Good Chemistry, a dispensary with production facilities in Colorado and Nevada, participates in many LGBTQ-friendly events because they hit close to home.

“I became involved in the medical marijuana industry when my father and my father’s partner were diagnosed with HIV/AIDS,” stated Matthew Huron, Founder and CEO of Good Chemistry. “In 1996, when medical marijuana became available in California, I saw firsthand the symptomatic relief patients experienced from this alternative medical treatment. In 2000, I began growing medical marijuana for AIDS patients throughout the state, founding and operating a nonprofit medical marijuana co-op.”

Now as a Denver-based dispensary, Huron makes sure to participate in the AIDS walk and One Colorado’s Ally Awards, in order to actively help the LGBTQ community.

“To be an industry that is not only accepted but also valued, we must extend our support to other communities and causes,” explains Huron. “We must continue to fight for other underserved communities. Good Chemistry Nurseries would not exist without the support and advocacy of others, and we prioritize giving back.”


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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 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 Hoodies

Good Chemistry Hoodies on sale for $30. Zip up or pullover, we have a style to match your preference! Cozy and warm, these hoodies are the perfect way to keep out the chill this winter while showing your GC pride.

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Good Chemistry Hosts In-Store Fundraiser Benefiting Denver Rescue Mission

This past New Year’s Eve, you may have celebrated with friends, watched the ball drop with  family, or been lucky enough to get a New Year’s kiss. No matter how you rang in 2017, there is one New Year’s tradition that many will be thinking about in the coming days – making and sticking to a New Year’s resolution.

A few of the most common resolutions are to lose weight, eat healthier, or spend less money. However, this year, we suggest you consider a resolution that will not only make you feel good about yourself, but also help support those in need– giving back.

Community service and philanthropy are at the heart of what we do at Good Chemistry, which is why we’re hosting an in-store fundraiser on behalf of the Denver Rescue Mission. The fundraiser, which began at the start of the Holiday season has a goal of raising money to support homeless and in-need members of the Denver Rescue Mission.

The Denver Rescue Mission is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to serving the needs of the homeless and needy in the Denver metro area by providing food, shelter, clothing, and education.
Show your holiday spirit by giving back this winter season and setting (and sticking with) a new resolution in 2017! Stop by either our Denver or Aurora locations to show you support for the Denver Rescue Mission this New Year.

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Good Chemistry Is Proud to Support the First Aurora Pride Celebration on Saturday, August 5th

Join Good Chemistry’s team in supporting Aurora’s first ever Pride celebration at the Aurora Municipal Center on August 5, 2017 from 10 am to 8 pm. The event will feature food trucks, entertainment, and a chance to meet and mingle with like minded individuals.

Good Chemistry is proud to serve the Aurora community and proud to support this event.

DJ Escal8, Jody Bouffard, Jessica L’Whor, Sinna-G, and Blontourage will be featured for some exciting entertainment to top off this day of festivities. So, grab your best buddies, don your colors, and come join this fabulous celebration for a great cause.

Click here for more information on this event.


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Good Chemistry Nurseries – Cloning is Key

Good Chemistry Nurseries’ expert staff has years of education and experience that has allowed them to cultivate the finest, most consistent cannabis is Colorado. Good Chemistry Nurseries’ rigorous cloning and cultivation plan ensures that each plant produces the highest quality flower that is identical to the flower it was cloned from.

Good Chemistry can ensure quality and consistency because of the following:

  • Good Chemistry Nurseries’ rigorous cloning and cultivation plan ensures that each plant produces identical flower to the flower it came from.
  • The gardeners regularly assess the genetics of the plants to determine their quality and consistency throughout. They judge each plant on a variety of categories, and if it doesn’t meet their standards they will not continue growing it.
  • They believe the more you put in, the more you get out. Each employee treats the nursery like it is their own business, which makes the production of the plants personal.
  • They experiment with nutrients and other cutting edge horticulture practices. They have grids dedicated to experimental nutrient levels to determine the best fit for each strain.

Good Chemistry Nurseries has developed two exclusive strains:

Ingrid – Exclusive to Good Chemistry, Ingrid was found in a bag of Big Bud regular seeds brought to the United States 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” (which is Austrian slang for marijuana) is a full indica, known for nighttime pain relief and for helping with insomnia. Extreme sedative effects may present themselves within 30 minutes after use.

Mr. Good Chem – With hints or fruit and undertones of perfume, Mr. Good Chem has an undeniable smell. After medicating with this sticky strain, the euphoric sensation may amplify the joy of your activity, as well as relieve any stress that may be holding you back.

Stop by one of the Good Chemistry locations to try out our consistent flower for yourself.

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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:

Shawna McGregor, The Rosen Group

917-971-7852

shawna@rosengrouppr.com

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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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Ingrid: What’s In a Name?

Fans name their pet Goose after Good Chemistry’s well-loved strain


ingrid-960x600Exclusive to Good Chemistry Nurseries, “Ingrid” is a heavy Indica strain, categorized in our “Sleep” and “Relieve” effect categories. This fan favorite may be helpful for pain relief and promoting a restful night’s sleep. We’ve heard more than a few stories about customers who have drawn an influence from Ingrid in the past. None quite compare to this one.

Our most recent account is about a customer who named her goose, Ingrid. Kelsey, a loyal customer at Good Chemistry Aurora and Ingrid’s owner gave us the scoop on her story. “We have a very sweet and sleepy goose named Ingrid. We named her after the Good Chemistry strain because she gives us the same warm, happy feels,” Kelsey said. “She strangely loves blankets, and has recently been trying to get into our house to cuddle up.”

Ingrid is a dense bud with a strong, cheesy-earthy smell, and a smooth, fruity flavor. Many of our customers look to Ingrid for very specific sedative effects. This “sleepy time” strain is ideal for those dealing with pain, stress, insomnia, anxiety or for those just in need of some deep rest and relaxation.

“Ingrid couldn’t have been a more perfect name [for our goose]. She embodies it through and through,” Kelsey added.

We sure are glad to have learned about this friendly goose who embodies relaxation to the same extent as its cannabis counterpart.
Are you a fan of Ingrid?  Share your story with us: info@goodchem.org.

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Join Good Chemistry in A Walk For Life Saturday, August 19

Good Chemistry Nurseries is Proud to Support HIV/AIDS Awareness

Come out Saturday, August 19, 2017 to help Good Chemistry participate in the oldest one-day HIV and AIDS fundraiser in the Rocky Mountain region. A Walk For Life helps to raise funds for services to support  those inflicted by AIDS/HIV, including Colorado Health Network’s regional Colorado AIDS Project and Howard Dental Center, among others.

A Walk For Life takes place on Saturday, August 19, 2017 from 10am-3pm at Cheesman Park in Denver. The day will feature speakers, entertainment, food, beverages and the 9th annual AIDS Walk Colorado Volleyball Tournament. Be sure to stop by our booth to say hi and pick up some merch from the Good Chemistry team.

The 2016 Colorado AIDS Walk had an incredible impact on those afflicted, and we hope to surpass last year’s amazing turnout. We hope you will come out and join us for a day of festivities, food, and most importantly fundraising for this important cause.

Click here for more information on the Colorado AIDS Walk – A Walk For Life.


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Join Good Chemistry to support local artists and the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness

Come to Ft. Greene for a fun night of photography and philanthropy


Good Chemistry and the The Collab.Denver are presenting a fun evening of art and music at Ft. Greene to benefit the Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness. The evening will be a creative art experience featuring local artists from the city of Denver using the #amileabove to display their artwork and talents. The event will showcase over 50+ photographers photos.

All prints will be on sale for $25 each. Proceeds with be donated to: Burnes Center on Poverty and Homelessness.

Photography provided by

@raw_5280 | @marcus_vick

@jake_blackson | @armando_geneyro

Sounds provided by

TYLER WYATT  DJ POLYPHONI  TAIJITU  STEVIE G.

Sponsored by @goodchem

8pm-2am, 21+ Free Entry


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LGBTQ and Cannabis Communities Band Together


In addition to LGBTQ individuals also being a part of the cannabis community, members of the cannabis industry have made it a point to give back to the cities they are part of as a way to dispel negative stereotypes, and this includes working with the queer community. “Good Chemistry has sponsored the Aids Walk every year since opening, and for the past four years we have supported the One Colorado Ally Awards,” Matthew Huron, founder and CEO of Good Chemistry dispensary in Denver, told CULTURE. “Good Chemistry has also sponsored the Denver Gay Pride Parade, and for the past two years we have been the exclusive sponsor of the Pink Party at Tracks during Gay Pride Weekend.”

Huron’s involvement with the LGBTQ community goes beyond a simple sense of social justice and a desire for change. His work and activism stem from a personal connection. “My involvement with the LGBTQ community and cannabis started when I saw firsthand the benefits that people can experience from cannabis, when my father and his partner—along with many of their friends— used the plant to treat severe symptoms of HIV,” he told us. “Because cannabis became an excellent alternative treatment and offered relief for HIV patients, my father and I set up a small, non-profit medical marijuana co-op in San Francisco that served AIDS patients and the assisted living and hospice facilities that treated them.”

“When I moved the business to Colorado, I wanted to keep the spirit of my father alive, so we started the Good Chemistry Compassion Program, where we provide free and low-cost medicine to very sick and low-income patients,” he added. “It is very important to me to support the LGBTQ community and show that they have an ally in Good Chemistry. By sponsoring community events such as the AIDS Walk and the Ally Awards, we are able to engage with the community and support important initiatives.”

“Because cannabis is such an open minded and accepting environment, LGBTQ people aren’t so scared to hide their identity because of the nature of the cannabis industry,” Ferlic explained. “So the open mindedness could be the crossover, because I know in all the companies I have worked with, there have been a handful of LGBTQ people in each community and they’ve been really open about that. In the past couple of years with gay marriage and cannabis coming out I feel I can be open and honest from the get-go. I’m a cannabis user and I’m proud of it and I’m also LGBTQ and I’m proud of it, and I don’t have any problems letting people know about that. Two years ago I hid both of those things, especially in the workplace.”

“I am proud to be a part of the advances that have been made to legalize marijuana and to bear witness to the progress that has been made by the LGBTQ community,” added Huron.


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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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