The woman who owns two recreational marijuana stores in the region hopes to add Snowmass Village to her stable after agreeing to a lease for a pot shop on the Snowmass Mall.

Renee Grossman operates High Q Dispensaries in Carbondale and Silt, and recently she was selected out of 11 requests to the Romero Group, which operates much of the Snowmass Mall, for a lease to open the town’s first pot shop.

Grossman said Friday the lease is just the first steps, and she has learned from opening stores in Silt (2014) and then Carbondale (2018), things can take time, and especially since this is a first for Snowmass.

“If everything went according to the way I’d like it to go, I would love to be open by December. But a lot of things have to fall into place,” said Grossman, who moved to the valley 10 years ago and has lived in Old Snowmass for the past three years. “We really won’t know until we start meeting with the town and they conduct public hearings how long the actual process is going to take.”

Grossman was a vocal opponent to the town’s licensing schedule, which requires the prospective applicants to first get their state license secured for the store before starting the town’s process. In all, that could take as long as six months.

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