The Real Housewives of New York star Bethenny Frankel was seen leaving a marijuana dispensary in Colorado over the holidays. While it isn’t out of the realm of possibility that returning to The Real Housewives of New York (currently filming its seventh season) has driven the former talk show host and author/reality star/chef host to look for alternative ways to relax, she was actually doing product research according to Us Weekly.

Yes, the Skinnygirl mogul is looking to expand her brand by selling a strain of weed designed not to give users the munchies. Sources tell Us that Frankel “read about how profitable the cannabis industry is and wants to get in on that.”

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Frankel mixed business with pleasure when visiting Aspen when she stopped by the Green Dragon dispensary. The trip left an impression on Frankel, “OMG it’s the craziest thing to see marijuana legal in Aspen. People walking into the store like it’s the @Gap #prohibitiondone,” the star tweeted.

Skinnygirl has been a mixed financial blessing for the entrepreneur; she sold her spirits brand to Fortune Brand’s Beam Global Spirits and Wine unit for 8.1 million dollars in 2011. If her latest endeavor proves successful, at least some of the profits may ease the burden of the mogul’s legal fees. 

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Frankel settled a $100 million lawsuit in 2012 to her former manager over lost revenue for an undisclosed amount according to The Hollywood Reporter. Additionally, she is embroiled in class-action lawsuit revolving around her claim that Skinnygirl Margaritas are all natural. Whole Foods pulled the product after identifying a preservative called sodium benzoate.

The pot that would prevent pudge would be available in Alaska, Colorado, Washington and Oregon where recreational use of the drug is legal.

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