Emerald Fields - Glendale
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Emerald Fields - Manitou
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Fountain Organics LLC
Cake Pop, GG4
GREEN WORLD
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
GREEN WORLD EXPRESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Wedding Crasher
Golden Meds - Sante Fe
Bananaghani, Bobby Boucher, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Growlife
GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Herbal Healing
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
High Plainz Strains 2
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Higher Grade 38th
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop
Higher Grade Medical (at Galena)
Blue Sherbert, Veritas Cookies
KIND CARE OF COLORADO LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Karma
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
LA CASA CANNA BIS INC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
LIVE GREEN - SHERIDAN
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Aurora
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Colfax
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Downtown
Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
LOVA - Edgewater
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
MAGNOLIA ROAD - Boulder
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Makena
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Makena Dispensary
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
NATIVE ROOTS ASPEN
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane
NATIVE ROOTS BOULDER
Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS DILLON
Bananaghani, Slurricane, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS EDGEWATER
Bananaghani, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam
NATIVE ROOTS Frisco - rec
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast
NATIVE ROOTS Grant St. REC
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS LITTLETON
Bubba Berry, GG4, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS LONGMONT
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
NATIVE ROOTS NORTH DENVER
Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ
NATIVE ROOTS SANTA FE
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
NATIVE ROOTS VAIL
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Colorado
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Native Roots Highlands
Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Native Roots Tower
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Layer Cake, Papaya Cake, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce
Native Roots Trinidad
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, GG4, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Natures Kiss
Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (44th)
Cherry Diesel, GG4, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
OASIS CANNABIS SUPERSTORE (EVANS)
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sage N Sour, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Primal
Cake Pop, Unicorn Poop
REEFER MADNESS
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies
ROOTS RX BASALT
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EAGLE/VAIL
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sage N Sour, The Sauce
ROOTS RX EDWARDS
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX GUNNISON
Grape OZ, The Sauce
ROOTS RX Leadville
Grape OZ, The Sauce
Rocky Mountain Blaze
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Rocky Mountain Cannabis Naturita
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Sour Diesel, Tart Pops
Roots RX Aspen
Grape OZ, The Sauce
SIMPLY PURE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
SOLACE MEDS LLC - FC
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds - WR
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Broadway
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, Slurricane, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds Colfax
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Layer Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
Solace Meds FOCO Medical
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Standing Akimbo
Blue Sherbert, Cake Pop, GG4, Gelato 41, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
THE JOINT BY CANNABIS
Apple Fritter, Blue Sherbet, Gelato 41, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
THE TUMBLEWEED DISPENSARY Parachute
Sage N Sour, Slurricane, Wedding Crasher
The 404
Cherry Diesel, Grape OZ, Veritas Cookies
The 64 Store
Banana Kush, Cake Pop, Gas Tanker, Gelato 41, Purple Papaya Punch, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop
The Dispo (REC)
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Grape OZ, Papaya Cake, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
The Happy Camper Palisade
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
The Underground Station
Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies
Trill Alternatives
Bananaghani, GG4, Grape OZ, Purple Papaya Punch, Sage N Sour, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Tumbleweed - Eagle
Cherry Punch, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Carbondale
Bananaghani, Headband Kush, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sour Diesel
Tumbleweed Debeque
Grape OZ, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sage N Sour
Tumbleweed Edwards
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, The Sauce
Tumbleweed Frisco
Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Ice Cream Cake
Twin Peaks Dispensary
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
VERTS
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher
Wolf Pac - Pueblo West
Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Wedding Crasher
Wolf Pac Cannabis Federal
Apple Fritter, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
Zengolds LLC Longmont
Ice Cream Cake
5280 Weedery
Cake Pop, GG4, Strawberry Milk, The Sauce, Unicorn Poop
7884
Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
A Cut Above - Springs med
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - med Denver
Banana Kush, Blue Sherbert, Purple Papaya Punch, Strawberry Milk, Unicorn Poop
A Cut Above - rec
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BACKCOUNTRY CANNABIS COMPANY
Amarelo, Cherry Diesel, Cherry Punch, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BOULDER WELLNESS CENTER LLC
Bananaghani, Sherb Crasher, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
BUDDY BOY - Walnut St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
BUDDY BOY - York St
Bananaghani, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
Blue Heron
Grape OZ
CANNACO
Grape OZ, Scooby Snax, The Sauce, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO BEST BUDZ LLC
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Cherry Diesel, Gelato 41, Grape OZ, Pineapple Blast, The Sauce
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY BROADWAY
Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY KALAMATH
Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
COLORADO HARVEST COMPANY YALE
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Ice Cream Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop, Wedding Crasher
Canna Cabinet
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Headband Kush, Pineapple Blast, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Cannabicare
Cake Pop, GG4, Purple Papaya Punch, Unicorn Poop
Cherry Peak
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Blue Sherbet, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Miracle Alien Cookies, Papaya Cake, Sherb Crasher, Tart Pops, Tractor Beam, Unicorn Poop
Cookies Denver
Bananaghani, Grape OZ, Sage N Sour, Strawberry Milk, Veritas Cookies
Cookies Pueblo
Bananaghani, Bubba Berry, Cherry Punch, Grape OZ, Tractor Beam
Dabbington LLC
Apple Fritter, Grape OZ, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam
EUFLORA 16th Street
Cherry Diesel
EUFLORA Aspen
Bananaghani, Miracle Alien Cookies, Sour Diesel
EUFLORA Buckley Rd
Cherry Diesel, Headband Kush
EUFLORA Gun Club Rd
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
EUFLORA Longmont
Cherry Diesel, Sage N Sour
Eclipse Cannabis Company
Blue Sherbet, Ice Cream Cake, Tractor Beam, Wedding Crasher

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.”