16840 E. Iliff Ave., Aurora, 80013
Interviewed: Matthew Huron (CEO)
How and when did your dispensary start up?
Good Chemistry’s story began in 2000 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. Cannabis offered relief and became an excellent alternative treatment for HIV patients. At that time, 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.
In 2008, my father’s partner passed away and shortly after that my father passed away as well. Because of California’s lack of regulation, I decided to move the business to Colorado. In September of 2009, I opened my first dispensary, Wellspring Collective, as a side project while still running the co-op in California.
I realized that to stay in an industry that is still federally illegal, I needed to operate in a highly regulated environment. When the Colorado legislature began the process to build a framework for medical marijuana regulation in 2010, the idea of moving my business entirely to Colorado became very attractive.
By 2010, I closed the co-op in San Francisco and opened Good Chemistry in Denver. With long-term goals to expand in Colorado and eventually into other states, I launched a second Good Chemistry location in Aurora in April 2015.
What does your store offer clients that they can’t find anywhere else? What do you specialize in, if anything?
Good Chemistry is dedicated to cultivating the most consistent, high-quality cannabis available, including our exclusive strains Ingrid and Mr. Good Chem, and our highly acclaimed Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, OGer, Durban Poison and many others, each of world-class quality. Because we believe in leading the way and making life better for everyone, every strain is priced at $30 per 1/8, every day. We don’t have pricing tiers or shelf tiers. Just a great product at a great price.
What is the one thing you want patients and customers to know about your dispensary?
Good Chemistry believes that the infinite range of desirable, enjoyable and beneficial effects and experiences provided by cannabis should be available and accessible to all who are interested at the highest levels of quality, consistency and reliability.
What is the most important thing you hope to accomplish while in the MJ/MMJ community?
At the end of the day, our biggest accomplishment is helping people. Good Chemistry’s mission is to “Lead the Way,” and we do that by producing the finest cannabis in Colorado, educating our customers and supporting our community.
Good Chemistry has a Compassion Program that stems from the co-op I started with my father in San Francisco, which provided free medical cannabis to patients in need. When I moved the business to Colorado, I wanted to continue the good work my father was doing so I started the Good Chemistry Compassion Program. Good Chemistry is also involved in many aspects of the Colorado LGBT Community.
I would love to see other states follow the standard of regulation that Colorado has set, which would create a positive change in the industry.