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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 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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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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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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