The Santee Sioux tribe in South Dakota is planning on opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its 5,000 acre reservation.
According to the Associated Press, the new enterprise could offer a new money-making model for tribes wanting to expand beyond the casino business. The Santee Sioux hope to make $2 million a month off of their marijuana resort.
Santee Sioux president Anthonoy Reider said, “We want it to be an adult playground, there’s nowhere else in American that has something like this.”
Plans include selling pot in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar, and food service. Eventually, the tribe hopes to add slot machines and an outdoor music venue.
The joint is set to open in time for the New Year’s Eve party with strains including “Gorilla Glue,” “Shot Glass” and “Big Blue Cheese.”
The Santee Sioux hope to use the marijuana profits can fund more housing, an addiction treatment center, and an overhaul of the clinic.
In December, 2014 the Justice Department announced that it would not prevent tribes from growing or selling marijuana on tribal land, even in states that ban the practice.
The pot will be sold in 1-gram packages for $12.50 to $15. Similarly priced to the Sioux Falls street value of pot.
h/t Associated Press