Snowmass Village’s first retail marijuana dispensary, High Q, opened its doors to the public Saturday morning.

“The day we put the sign on the door made it so real,” Renee Grossman, owner of High Q, said of opening the village’s first and only dispensary. “It really is rewarding to see it all come together. Patience and hard work has paid off.”

The new High Q — located on the upper level of the Village Mall adjacent to Little Mammoth Steakhouse and the elevator — is the first to go through the town’s relatively new marijuana licensing process, created in March, and was approved by the Local Marijuana Licensing Authority, made up of Town Council members, on Oct. 29.

Since then, Grossman and her staff worked to renovate the soon-to-be dispensary space, installing a U-shaped counter with four points of sale and glass display casing, along with a secure back room for employees to weigh, package and store the shop’s organically fed cannabis products.

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