A headshot of Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct.

Meet Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct

The Colorado Cannabis Industry, Then and Now

Just over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was founded with a mission to truly help people.  It started with the incredibles chocolate bar line, which now, is the highest volume edibles company in Colorado!  Through innovation and with patient feedback, our founders -- Rick Scarpello, Bob Eschino, Derek Cumings, and Josh fink -- helped shape the industry in the state and across the nation.

As consumer trends have shifted and luxury cannabis products have come to market, we realized that affordable, everyday luxury wasn't available to Colorado's cannabis consumers.  Enter Nové, a line of filled chocolate edibles – created not only to fill this gap (no pun intended!), but to also express our deep love of culinary creativity. 

Nove Sea Salt Caramel luxury cannabis chocolates resting on a slate surface with kitchen utensils. The new line is hand crafted by Medically Correct's Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink.

Q&A with Cannabis Chef Josh Fink

We had a chance to sneak into the Nové kitchen for a Q&A sesh with Co-Founder and Executive Chef, Josh Fink.  In this blog post, Josh tells us about the beginning of his culinary journey and what first inspired him to step foot in the kitchen.  He also discusses how cannabis played a key role in his personal life, which turned into a passion that made a significant impact on his career. 

Arguably, his discovery also heavily contributed to today's cannabis edible selection!  Now, in 2021, you'll find a large variety of cannabis chocolates and confections; and more is yet to come, which Josh touches on in this Q&A.  

When asked what in his career he's most proud of, Josh responded: 

Helping to make cannabis understandable and accessible for anyone.

Read more about Josh's story on the Nové website: https://noveisluxury.com/chef-josh-fink/

Josh Fink, Co-Founder and Executive Chef at Medically Correct, picking up a piece of Nove Luxury Chocolates.


A headshot of Derek Cumings, Co-Founder and R&D Leader at Medically Correct.

Meet Derek Cumings, Co-Founder and R&D Leader at Medically Correct

Derek Cumings, Helping To Pave The Way for The Nation's Cannabis Industry

Over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to make cannabis products safe and accessible to patients in need.  We launched the incredibles chocolate bar line and our early focus on consistency and quality propelled us to the top of the Colorado edibles market.  We’ve since grown into the highest volume edibles company in the state!  Our success and longevity are a true testament to our incredible leadership team.   

We connected with our Co-Founder and R&D Leader, Derek Cumings, to hear more about his journey within the cannabis industry and Medically Correct.  This is what he shared with us.

Derek Cumings, Co-Founder of Medically Correct, exhaling a cloud of smoke after toking a blunt.

Q&A with Derek Cumings

Derek, what inspired you to join the cannabis industry?

About 22 years ago, I became my first patient after a fall that broke both of my legs and compressed discs in my lower back.  Early on, I decided I didn’t want to take part in the treatment plan put forth by the doctors who were backed by pharmaceutical companies.  After several legal issues as a young man for cannabis possession and use, I was pretty much forced to quit.  However, just a couple of short years later, medical cannabis laws were passed in Colorado and California.  In the midst of hating my current medical situation, I was given a joint by a friend for nausea and that small reintroduction opened my eyes.

I thought the possible long-term effects from pills were much worse than any problems I had with cannabis and I didn't want to treat lifelong ailments with something that had such harmful potential.  I began using more and more cannabis in different ways, simultaneously taking fewer and fewer pills.  My quality of life increased 10x.  I then convinced my parents of the safety and efficacy of cannabis, and once they understood, I didn’t care what anyone else thought.  I was able to actively go out and push for Colorado's changes and cannabis laws.  As I joined local patient groups, I realized I already obtained more knowledge and experience than most; the people within the places I looked to for answers were much further behind.  So, I began helping them.

About 15 years ago, I owned one of the first ten dispensaries in Colorado, Harmony Wellness in Windsor.  After that, I pushed my way through the industry on multiple levels through edibles and concentrates, and this is when I met Rick and Bob.

Three jars of terpenes resting on a counter at the Clear Creek Extracts lab in Evergreen, Colorado.

How did you learn to create cannabis oil, then edibles, and other infused products?

Making the jump from smoking to edibles was huge in my personal treatment plan.  Edibles were outrageously overpriced and equally inconsistent.  Using the 'caregiver' providers available at the time was the only option for cannabis products other than flower, or occasionally water or scissor hash.  I was determined to bridge the gap because there needed to be a better answer.  At the time, trim was a liability for growers, so I began turning waste into wonder.

In a pre-Youtube world, I was taught by an elderly patient about rudimentary solvent extractions.  After nailing down procedures for making ultra-potent, solvent-based concentrates, I was able to put it in almost anything.  I moved quickly to cakes, chocolates, ice cream, olive oil, pizza, drinks, and the crown jewel of the time -- hard candy.  I swapped ideas with some of the only people in the game at the time, and that was when the first true product lines were born.

What in your current position are you most passionate about?

I’m most passionate about my presence in cannabis. I grew complacent over time and I’ve realized it’s time to stop taking that for granted.

A Medically Correct employee hand-trimming cannabis stalks.

There’s a buzz about your new upcoming brand, Zelō.  What can you share with us about it, Derek?

Introducing people to cannabis for the first time has always been one of my favorite motivators.  And while those opportunities are few and far between, compared to a decade ago, I’m excited for the possibilities of the new projects reaching fresh faces.  Cost and confusion have long been two of the barriers to entry for patients and customers looking to try edibles for the first time, and we’re hoping to change that with Zelō.  Zelō is for the people.

Connect with Derek Cumings, Medically Correct Co-Founder and R&D Leader

It’s easy to see how Derek’s contributions over the years have played such a big role in our success and we sure are grateful for him. Reach out to connect with him on Instagram and keep in touch with Medically Correct by entering your contact information here.

We’d love to stay connected!


Bob Eschino, Medically Correct President and Co-Founder, dressed in a grey suit for a headshot.

Meet Bob Eschino, Co-Founder and President of Medically Correct

What Inspired Medically Correct

Eleven years ago at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to truly help people.  We launched the incredibles chocolate bar line and have since become one of the world’s largest manufacturers of cannabis-infused products and have helped countless licensed cannabis companies across the U.S. learn the art of extractions and infused product production.

We owe it all to Grandma Noni, the original inspiration for Medically Correct.  After witnessing the healing powers that cannabis had on his grandma, Bob Eschino, Co-Founder and President of Medically Correct, was inspired to create consistent, quality medical cannabis products for patients in Colorado.  We had a chance to connect with Bob and chat with him about his journey.  He’s what he shared with us.

President of Medically Correct, Bob Eschino stands in a grey suit and Nove t-shirt

Q&A with Bob Eschino

Bob, how did your professional background look before cannabis?

Well, during college in the late 80s, I was a sushi chef in Fort Collins serving sashimi to cowboys... it was a bit of a task and quite hilarious!  Then I became a bartender while waiting to become a rockstar, and after college, the packaging industry found me.  I excelled quickly as a salesperson and my career took off.

What inspired you to enter the cannabis industry?

As you know, I got into the cannabis industry through my grandmother. Back in 2009, she was towards the end of her life and my brother, Tom, started making edibles for her.  She was someone who’d never touch cannabis or topicals for her pain, but she’d eat a cookie and all of a sudden her appetite would return, her pain levels drop and she could sleep.  As I watched this unfold right before my eyes, the light bulb went off and I approached Rick about making edibles at his bakery.

incredibles Mile High Mint cannabis-infused chocolate bar on a slate surface, surrounded by mint leaves

How did your advocacy start and develop once you entered the cannabis space?

It really started right out of the gate when I quickly realized that if I wasn’t sitting at the table, other people were making the rules for me and my business that could hurt us. So I showed up everywhere I could.  Soon after adult-use came out, we got together with the Cannabis Business Alliance and put out one of the first education campaigns teaching people to “start low, go slow”.  We also created recommendations for the budtenders to suggest to new patients; to start with low doses and build slowly day by day until they find their ideal dose.  We gave all the dispensaries education cards to talk about with their patients and put them in every bag.  I’m glad this way of thinking at dispensaries is now standard at least here in Colorado.

What regulations have your and the company's efforts helped shape?

If you look at current CO regulations, they mimic what Medically Correct regulations have been.  As we did more things in the CO cannabis space that the Department of Revenue saw and liked, those things were incorporated into the rules and regulations.  First it was testing oils in finished products and using proper packaging with nutrition fact labels.  And personally, I traveled across the country helping to guide individual markets.

A shot of an indoor marijuana grow room in Colorado

What is your proudest achievement?

That I’ve actually helped people!  First just my grandmother, then other families and children with health issues, then veterans with PTSD, and so many other people including retired athletes who all really need the relief cannabis offers.  It really makes me proud.

Where do you hope to see the company in 5 years?  10 years?  Etc.

Medically Correct is our Colorado licensee and is a great testing ground for new brands and products.  If you can be successful here, you can be successful anywhere.  I see us getting our new brands cemented and shored up here in CO, then taking them to other states and finding solid partners for national expansion.  I also see us becoming a company able to provide quality cannabis product options to every tier of the consumer.

A shot of Nove luxury cannabis chocolates; the Cafe Cappuccino is a favorite of Bob Eschino's, the company's president.

Connect with Bob Eschino, Medically Correct Co-Founder and President

Having spent most of his life in Colorado, Bob graduated from Colorado State University with a double major in business.  Outside of his work, he enjoys playing and coaching hockey, skiing, golfing, and fly-fishing...and he’s getting back into playing and making music.  Connect with Bob on LinkedIn, and be sure to try our Medically Correct products from your local dispensary.


A shot of Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct CEO and Co-Founder, posed with a piece of Nove cannabis luxury chocolates.

Meet Rick Scarpello, Co-Founder and CEO of Medically Correct

Serving Patients and Shaping The Cannabis Industry

Just over 10 years ago, at the onset of Colorado medical cannabis legalization, Medically Correct was born with a mission to truly help people.  Along the way, they ended up helping to shape industry regulations in the state and across the nation, too.  Rick Scarpello, Bob Eschino, Derek Cumings, and Josh Fink launched the incredibles chocolate bar line, and before it was even mandated, they began lab testing and labeling products with activated milligrams of THC and nutritional facts.  The early focus on consistency and quality propelled us to the top of the Colorado edibles market and into the highest volume edibles company in the state!

A shot of the Founders of Medically Correct.
The founders of Medically Correct. Derek Cumings (left), Bob Eschino, Rick Scarpello, and Josh Fink (right).

We had such a fun time chatting with our CEO and CO-Founder, Rick Scarpello, a food expert with truly innovative and cutting-edge ideas.  His leadership has been a driving force behind developing a handful of businesses and industry-leading products and processes throughout his career.  In addition to co-founding Medically Correct, LLC, licensed in Colorado, Rick founded Ma Hua, LLC, a natural remedies company, and most recently Data Correct, LLC, a new specialized ERP software company.  We asked him about his journey thus far and here’s what he shared with us.

How did your professional background look before cannabis, Rick?

I started managing people when I was a 19-year-old in college, and haven’t stopped managing people since. It was around 30 years of working for someone else before I began owning my own businesses, so I had all the experiences I needed to figure out what it takes to be successful.  I’ve run commercial bakeries to bowling alleys to full-scale marketing and website development businesses, and in the early 90s, I created one of the first online bookstores. Throughout my career, I’ve always been compelled to take an existing idea and make it better, to re-think it from the beginning and turn it into something new.

A woman dispensing infused cannabis chocolate into molds in the Medically Correct (incredibles) kitchen.

Rick Scarpello, tell us: what inspired you to enter the cannabis industry?

It was more like who than what, the who being Tom Eschino, Bob’s brother.  Tom was making pot cookies for his grandmother so she could feel better and they really worked for her.  Long story short, Tom’s efforts were the original inspiration for Medically Correct.  He convinced Bob, Bob convinced me, and everything else came together when we founders all merged our individual expertise.

What sorts of challenges has Medically Correct faced during the pandemic?

One challenge we didn’t face during the pandemic was the City of Denver, which was a surprise. Typically, there is so much involved in modifying anything on the premises, but once COVID hit, they said to just do whatever needed within the manufacturing facility to protect our staff.  Around 90% of our staff isn’t able to work remotely, so we had to work hard to figure out ways to keep everyone safe.

A shot of Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct CEO and Co-Founder, posed with a piece of Nove cannabis luxury chocolates.

What's coming next for the company?

We have a lot in the pipeline but now that Nové has launched, we have a new brand that’s going to be born soon that will feature traditional types of products and some that you haven’t seen yet.

Of all your career accomplishments, what are you most proud of other than Medically Correct?

You know how Denver is the gluten-free mecca of the country?  That was me.  It took me nearly two years, but Rick Scarpello invented Udi’s Gluten-Free Bread, the #1 gluten-free bread in the world!

Mr. Scarpello, what piece of advice would you give to aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs?

I’d give very different advice to someone looking to invest in the industry versus someone who just has an idea and is starting from the bottom.  But for both, I’d tell them to surround themselves with people that are going to help you get to where you want to go.  You must have perseverance and especially passion.  Without those, you’re dead before you start.  And always go with your gut.  If you trust your gut, you’ll be right more than you’ll be wrong.

Nove luxury cannabis chocolates being dispensed into molds from an automated machine

Connect with Rick Scarpello, Medically Correct Co-Founder and CEO

Rick lives in Morrison, Colorado, with his family and is a new proud grandpa of a beautiful baby boy.  Head over to Rick’s website to check out his career accomplishments or connect with him on LinkedIn.  And be sure to try our new Nové luxury chocolate line and other Medically Correct products from your local dispensary.


Executive Chef Josh Fink holding a bar of Nove luxury chocolates.

Medically Correct: Colorado Manufacturing Awards' Cannabis Company of the Year

The 2021 Colorado Manufacturing Awards was a highlight event for Medically Correct. The sixth annual CMA consisted of 14 categories and 40 finalists recognizing outstanding people and businesses shaping American manufacturing. Among these categories was one for the Cannabis Company of the Year, and we’re elated to say that Medically Correct took home the gold!

When Medically Correct was founded in 2010, we knew our mission went beyond creating cannabis-infused products. It was also about serving our community the best way we could through social responsibility and always considering the needs of our consumers. We achieve both by using eco-conscious ingredients and recyclable, biodegradable packaging. Our company was even one of the first in the nation to implement third-party lab testing for all cannabis edibles. 

Appealing to various demographics means understanding how we can continuously evolve our company and products to meet their expectations. With two new brands on the way later this year and the rebranding of our incredibles line, we’re ready to give an affordable and consistent experience that’s easily accessible to new and past consumers across the nation!

A shot of cannabis-infused chocolate production in the Nove kitchen. Medically Correct was named Cannabis Company of the Year by Colorado Manufacturing Awards.

A Spotlight on the Finalists and Winners of the Colorado Manufacturing Awards

This year’s Colorado Manufacturing Awards were certainly not short on quality. Each category was filled with standout companies, new and old. We especially want to congratulate the two other Cannabis Manufacturer Finalists, Stratos and Nuvue Pharma. Being nominated alongside these outstanding cannabis companies just goes to show the competition is always fierce and crawling with innovation!

Check out all that Stratos and Nuvue Pharma are doing to expedite the future of the cannabis industry:

  • The team at Stratos brings decades of pharmaceutical science experience to the cannabis industry. Their expertise allows them to create pure, consistent products which are rigorously tested five different times throughout the manufacturing process. Stratos understands a great cannabis experience begins with feelings of certainty. Through their implementation of pharmaceutical industry benchmark standards, customers know they’re getting high-quality cannabis products that offer the same effects each and every time.
  • Nuvue Pharma was founded in 2015 in Pueblo, CO by Neurologist Malik M. Hasan. The company operates their own hydroponic indoor grow and extraction lab where they conduct ongoing research and development to unlock the benefits of all 545 active molecules within the cannabis plant. Nuvue Pharma is the first recreational dispensary in Pueblo and their award-winning products make them one of Colorado’s premier dispensaries. Their menu includes several of these award-winning strains, including their very own Anubis OG and Scroopy Noopers.

inovation design engineer and doctor team Diverse industries Expert, Programming, and Robotic Hand Handling Bright hi-tech facility Scientists in sterile clothing working on computers

But we weren’t the only ones recognized for our business savvy. Below are the rest of this year's Consumer and Industrial Group winners from the sixth annual Colorado Manufacturing Awards. A big congrats from us at Medically Correct!:

Why Does Cannabis Need Representation Outside of the Industry?

Cannabis has come a long way in the last decade alone. Thirty-five states have a medical marijuana program and eleven states legalized recreational use. We’re even seeing some states starting to slowly move towards decriminalization. 

Understanding the important space cannabis holds in modern medicine goes beyond those of us actively working within the industry. That’s because this plant was never meant for just the quote on quote ‘stoners.’ Cannabis is a healing herb that can do more than give people the munchies. 

Support for full legalization is at an all-time high (no pun intended.) The best way to show how much good cannabis can provide is by normalizing how and why people use it. There are a number of studies measuring its validity for medical purposes, and yet we still remain at an impasse when it comes to how much research can legally be done. 

Building credibility for the cannabis industry has taken time and there’s plenty of areas needing improvement. We can accomplish this by setting quality business and product standards that help ensure consumers feel safe with their cannabis experience from sale to consumption. This mindset is what we based our entire incredibles brand around. We were even nominated for the thirteenth annual Shorty Awards Brand Redesign category! Our commitment to our patients and company message should be accurately reflected in every part of our business, all the way down to the packaging.

A pack shot of Mile High Mint, an award-winning cannabis-infused chocolate bar by incredibles.

There’s No Stopping the Direction Medically Correct is Going

It’s an honor to receive awards for our work, but our passion for cannabis goes far beyond that. Creating a diverse industry of people and ideas is a constant motivation for our own mission at Medically Correct. By making products that are safe, accessible, and innovative, we hope to continue pushing the barrier for meeting our customer’s needs.