America's First Cannabis Resort To Open In South Dakota

The Santee Sioux tribe of South Dakota have unveiled plans to open the first cannabis resort in the United States.

The as-yet-unnamed resort in Flandreau, 45 miles north of Sioux Falls, will include a nightclub, slots, arcade games, bar service, and eventually an outdoor music venue, according to reports from The Associated Press. The 400-member tribe already runs a casino, a hotel, and a buffalo ranch.

The Santee Sioux are counting on cannabis consumers to bring in much-needed revenue. Tribal authorities plan to invest profits from the resort back into housing, an addiction treatment center, and an overhaul of their medical clinic.

Like all U.S. states, Native reserves have been free to pass their own laws legalizing marijuana since 2014.

The idea isn't without its critics - especially in light of already-rampant substance abuse on some reserves, and the fact that Indian leaders never requested that the Department of Justice step away from enforcing federal marijuana laws in the first place. But bands including the Santee Sioux are seeing legal weed as a way to open up economic possibilities, much like casinos and tobacco sales did in the past.

Workers are already consulting with Denver-area experts to grow 30 different strains of marijuana on the reserve.

The resort is expected to make its first cannabis sales at a New Year's party on December 31, 2015.

h/t The Associated Press, High Times, Vice


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