DENVER, Colo. (KSNV & MyNews3) -- From the ovens to the refrigerators, Good Chemistry’s kitchen looks like any restaurant kitchen except for one ingredient found in the company’s small, medicated chocolate cups – marijuana.
“Edibles for someone who’s trying to manage pain are really the best way to go,” says Matthew Huron, the company’s owner. “Something like this can manage your pain for eight to 12 hours.”
After the cups are baked, they are sent to an unassuming storefront in downtown Denver. Walk into the Good Chemistry shop, and you will notice that there are none of the familiar signs of a marijuana operation. No pot leaves. No black lights.
Cities throughout Southern Nevada are looking to Colorado as a model for the coming sale of medical marijuana.
Good Chemistry is no exception in Colorado’s capital city. Visit similar stores, and if you didn’t know that they sold marijuana, you wouldn’t recognize the product.
“Basically, it’s un-medicated caramel rolled into a little ball, and then we fill the cup with medicated chocolate,” Huron says.
The look is clean and simple. So is the way the company does business. Marijuana is sold legally in the Mile High City, and as much as 90 percent of the business is for medical purposes.
Huron entered the business after his father, an HIV-patient in the early 2000s, found treatment and comfort from the small green plants. His father died from the disease, but that experience created a legacy for the son, who is creating products that help others find relief.
The company has created a “compassion program” for low-income or terminally ill patients.
“We do an analysis of their ailment or their income,” he says, “and they can (become eligible for a) free-to-sliding-scale of medicine.”
Colorado doctors may recommend a patient try medical marijuana, but don't specify which variety. That’s where the employees of Huron and other marijuana dispensaries enter the picture, offering recommendations based on each patient's symptoms.
”We had a lot of patients come in and stop taking pain meds,” he says.