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Cannabist: Cannabis philanthropy helps heal Drug War wounds

As marijuana businesses continue to assimilate into America’s traditional corporate world, philanthropy and responsibility have become key initiatives for some ganjapreneurs

While most Americans in the 1980s learned about AIDS on television news years after it erupted into a legitimate epidemic, Matthew Huron saw the virus on the faces of his friends and family while growing up in San Francisco’s vibrant Castro neighborhood.

“A lot of those men there were very sick and dying, and that included my father and his partner and all of their friends,” Huron said. “Every week my dad was going to another funeral, and it was just a really challenging time.”

It wasn’t long before Huron was that socially conscious teenager volunteering at an AIDS hospice in the heart of the Castro. Philanthropy was important to his father, and so it was also important to son. And as Huron grew up and started noticing how cannabis was helping his friends and family living with the disease — restoring appetites, diminishing pain, remedying nausea and generally treating the patients’ wasting syndrome — he opened a medical marijuana co-op in 2000.

“The fundamental reason we started that co-op was to give, not sell, medical marijuana to sick men dying from AIDS,” said Huron. “That’s what we did. We delivered to a variety of hospice care and assisted living facilities around San Francisco.”

Huron’s involvement in cannabis these days is more official. But the CEO of Good Chemistry Nurseries’ cannabis businesses in Colorado and Nevada is still donating medical marijuana (and leafy-green cash, as well) to those in need.


The Ally Award video tribute to Matthew Huron


He donates to One Colorado to support their political work on behalf of the LGBTQ community; In 2016, the organization bestowed upon Huron an Ally Award. He assembles a team for, and sponsors, the AIDS Walk every year. He also donates to the Denver Police Brotherhood, the Comitis Crisis Center of Aurora and the Harm Reduction Action Center.

To boot, Good Chemistry’s Compassion Program is a direct descendant of the co-op he started more than 16 years ago.

“We’re one of the only dispensaries in Denver that has an organized and internal compassion program, which gives free and low-cost medicine to low-income and terminally ill patients,” Huron said. “My father passed away in July of ’09 (to complications from AIDS), and I moved the business here in December ’09 … It was important to me and to his legacy, and it was why I got into this industry in the first place — to continue the Compassion Program.”


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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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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 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.

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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 was named “The Best Pot Pricing for Recreational Customers” AND “Best Name for a Marijuana Dispensary” by Denver Westword.

Good Chemistry was named “The Best Pot Pricing for Recreational Customers” AND “Best Name for a Marijuana Dispensary” by Denver Westword. A big thank you to everyone who voted and to all of you that support us regularly. Thank you!
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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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Thank you! Good Chemistry wins “Best Dispensary Cultivation in Denver”

THANK YOU FOR THE LOVE!


Thank you for all of you who voted for Good Chemistry Nurseries for Westword’s Reader’s Choice – Best Dispensary Cultivation. We strive to cultivate and produce the finest, most consistent Cannabis in Colorado, and we’re grateful for your continued support!

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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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