Native Roots Highlands:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  The Sauce

Native Roots Tower:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS VAIL:  

Amarelo,  Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Emerald Fields – Glendale:  

Blanco,  Georgia Pie

Dabbington LLC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

Tumbleweed Debeque:  

Cheetah Piss,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun

NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH:  

Amarelo,  The Sauce

NATIVE ROOTS Frisco – rec:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Rocky Mountain Blaze:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

The Underground Station:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

Tumbleweed Carbondale:  

Bananaghani,  Cherry Hills,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Solace Meds FOCO Medical:  

Amarelo,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Buddy Boy – N. Federal:  

Bananaghani,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita:  

Bananaghani,  Colorado Cool-aid,  Scooby Snax,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

LA CASA CANNA BIS INC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

BUDDY BOY – York St:  

Biker OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Tumbleweed – Steamboat:  

Cheetah Piss,  Lemon Pepper

Emerald Fields – Manitou:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Golden Meds – Sante Fe:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes,  Sticky Buns

SOLACE MEDS LLC – FC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510

Green Cross of Cherry Creek – REC:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Cherry Peak:  

Lemon Pepper

Native Roots Littleton MED:  

Amarelo,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Strawberries N Cream,  The Sauce

LOVA – Aurora:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Nature’s Herbs & Wellness – Distribution Center (Flower only):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes,  Sticky Buns

GREEN WORLD EXPRESS:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

MOUNTAIN MEDICINIALS RETAIL CENTER:  

Cherry Hills,  Colorado Cool-aid,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  Sunset Drive,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Sour Diesel,  Tart Pops

PIG N’ WHISTLE:  

Lemon Pepper

LOVA – Edgewater:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

SIMPLY PURE:  

Sherb Crasher

ALTITUDE AURORA:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Lemon Pepper

NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Buddy Boy – S. Federal:  

Amarelo,  Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Kinfolk Farms:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

Reefer Madness Dispensary:  

Cherry Diesel,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour,  Sueño

Solace Meds Colfax:  

Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops

Verts:  

Sage N Sour

OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

Higher Grade Medical (at Galena):  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid

NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER:  

Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops

Native Roots Longmont:  

Amarelo,  Scooby Snax

Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

RJJ Edgewater:  

Koko Puffs,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Solace Meds – WR:  

Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Golden Meds Bryant St:  

GG #4,  Sage N Sour

Zengolds LLC Longmont:  

Sherb Crasher

NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON:  

Blanco

Eclipse Cannabis Company:  

Sherb Crasher,  Yuk Mouth

NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER:  

Grape OZ

Native Roots Vail MED:  

GG #4,  The Sauce

NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute:  

Cheetah Piss,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper

Natures Kiss:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY:  

Amarelo,  Bananaghani,  Item #9,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Higher Grade 38th:  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid

BUDDY BOY – Walnut St:  

Bananaghani,  Biker OZ,  Cherry Hills,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE:  

Amarelo,  Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

The Herb Shoppe:  

Colorado Cool-aid,  Sage N Sour,  Scooby Snax,  The Sauce

Native Roots Colorado:  

Grape OZ,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

Tumbleweed – Eagle:  

Sherb Crasher,  Strawberry Milk

A Cut Above – Springs med:  

Amarelo,  Cherry Diesel,  Garlic Breath,  GG #4,  Milky Weigh,  Purple Papaya Punch,  Sage N Sour,  Sueño

DOCTORS ORDERS:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper

Higher Grade REC:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510

OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS):  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Pancakes

NATIVE ROOTS DILLON:  

Grape OZ,  Scooby Snax,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce

THE JOINT BY CANNABIS:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

A Cut Above – rec:  

Blanco,  Cake Mix,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Native Roots Austin Bluffs MED:  

Amarelo,  Koko Puffs

Tumbleweed Edwards:  

Cheetah Piss,  Project 4510,  Honey Bun

Native Roots Trinidad:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Lemon Pepper,  Pancakes

Twin Peaks Dispensary:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie,  Pancakes

LOVA – Downtown:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY:  

Sage N Sour,  Sour Diesel,  Sueño,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Tractor Beam

Solace Meds Broadway:  

Sour Diesel,  Sueño

Blue Heron:  

Blanco

LIVE GREEN – SHERIDAN:  

Bananaghani,  Sherb Crasher,  Tart Pops,  The Sauce,  Yuk Mouth

Standing Akimbo:  

Amarelo,  Colorado Cool-aid,  GG #4,  Sage N Sour

LOVA – Colfax:  

Blanco,  Cheetah Piss,  Georgia Pie

December 17, 2020

Making meals that heal

Latest initiative of Friends in Weed keeps Front Range restaurants working, while also fighting local food insecurity

By Will Brendza - December 17, 2020

Since March of this year, some of Boulder and Denver’s most beloved food establishments have permanently shuttered — The Med, Brasserie Ten Ten, Meadowlark Kitchen, Racines — diminishing local flavors and decimating hospitality jobs. 

As we approach the December holidays under “level red” COVID restrictions, those restaurants still clinging to survival and Colorado’s out-of-work employees are both going to need more help than ever. 

That’s why a group of cannabis companies collectively called Friends in Weed are stepping up to help. Their newest initiative, called Meals That Heal, is a clever variation on a food drive that will keep people fed and help restaurants stay in business — and you can get involved, whether you’re “into weed” or not. 

“Instead of doing a holiday meal donation, which was our original plan, we wanted to figure out another way to try and help restaurants maintain consistent work each week, which would then allow them to keep people employed,” says Jonathan Spadafora, the head of marketing and sales at Veritas Fine Cannabis, one of the founding companies of Friends in Weed.  

The biggest hurdle, though, was the nature of the business. Because of cannabis’ status as a Schedule 1 drug, making direct donations as a cannabis company is particularly tricky. It can put the recipient in an uncertain position with the federal government — especially if they’re receiving any government loans, grants or assistance. 

“Most people would be shocked to hear how hard it is to give money away [as a cannabis company],” Spadafora says.

Friends in Weed had to come up with a workaround. In March, the organization bought gift cards from local restaurants and give them to bud tenders who’d been let go, furloughed or were experiencing reduced hours. Collectively, Friends in Weed bought more than $77,000 in gift cards through that effort.

Now they’ve refined their approach. Meals That Heal, which just kicked off in early December, aims to bring together even more cannabis businesses, and even more restaurant partners to broaden its scope of impact. 

Here’s how it works: Participating sponsors purchase healthy, packaged, finish-at-home meals for between $8-$10 a piece, through the Friends in Weed website. Those meals, prepared by local restaurants, are then distributed to hospitality industry workers and communities. 

“Some component of those meals will be donated back to the restaurant groups to give to their staff or anyone who has had a reduction in hours or income,” Spadafora explains. “The remaining balance of the meals will be donated to local organizations designated by the companies who are providing the funding.”

Basically, it keeps the kitchen working, it feeds the restaurant industry, and then sponsors get to choose where most of the meals they purchase go. On top of all that, it offers a way for cannabis companies to directly donate to a cause that will help their community. 

As of this writing, the Friends in Weed website says it’s already provided 630 meals.

“The intention is to create something where more companies can come in and get involved and hopefully create some prolonged work for the restaurant industry and food security for people who are struggling with that right now,” Spadafora says. 

Currently, cannabis companies working with the Meals That Heal program include Veritas, Cookies, Olio, Slang Worldwide, Higher Grade and Grasslands. Restaurant partners include The F Club, The Post, Lola, Jax Fish House, the West End Tavern, Centro and a number of others. Spadafora says he’s still looking for more community engagement, more businesses to get on board.

Individuals can get involved too, Spadafora adds — even if you aren’t a cannabis company, or in the cannabis industry at all. Simply go to the Friends in Weed website and you’ll soon have the option to purchase Friends in Weed T-shirts or masks, the proceeds for which will all go toward purchasing meals. 

“We think that our local restaurants are a huge part of what makes this community an amazing place to live,” Spadafora says. “We have the ability to help, and right now there’s plenty of people who could use it. This seems like the most effective way to help as many people as possible.”