The town’s first-ever dispensary celebrates its grand opening throughout the holiday week

Despite Colorado legalizing marijuana for adult use, which went into effect on Jan. 1, 2014, approximately only 30% of the state’s towns and cities currently allow cannabis sales. The Elk Mountains enclave of Snowmass Village was one such municipality hesitant to move on marijuana, swiftly adopting a moratorium on marijuana retail six years ago — even with its small population passing Amendment 64 with 72% of voters in 2012. But now, and just in time for the Christmas week rush of vacationers, the Town of Snowmass Village is officially open for cannabusiness.

High Q, locally owned by Renée Grossman, not only toasted to the opening of its third location on Dec. 14, but also celebrated the end of a yearslong undertaking. Two members of Snowmass Town Council (including Mayor Markey Butler) had contentiously opposedmarijuana previously, citing fears ranging from tarnishing the resort’s family-friendly image to negatively impacting children.

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