US (CO): Cannabis breeder names strains after Denver Nuggets stars

With a wife, son, and multiple cannabis businesses to operate, longtime Denver sports fan Jason MacLean has had to keep his priorities straight during the Nuggets playoff run.

"When the playoffs were about to start, I told her my priorities the next couple of months were going to be the Nuggets, and then her and my son," MacLean says with a wry smile. "I've been waiting a long time for this."

He's joking. We think.

If there's anything MacLean is serious about, though, it's growing good herb while also supporting his Denver Nuggets. The co-founder of Cherry, one of Colorado's most popular cannabis cultivations, MacLean has recently branched into strain breeding with his seed company, Coool Beans, to create varieties for home and commercial growers. And as the Denver team prepares for the NBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, he's naming two of his new magic Beans after his favorite Nuggets players.

The Joker, named after two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, is a hybrid of Gary Payton (another strain named after a basketball great) and Cherry favorite Bernie Hanna Butter, while Blue Arrow is a mix of Quicksand and Dank Dough that's named after Nuggets point guard Jamal Murray.


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