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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 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.

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Shawna McGregor, The Rosen Group

917-971-7852

shawna@rosengrouppr.com

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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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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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