The Santee Sioux Tribe Plans To Open Marijuana Smoking Resort
The Santee Sioux tribe is preparing to open the very first piff-puffin’ resort according to a story in the Huffington Post. The plan is to open a casino-esque “smoking lounge” with a nighclub, games, and a live music venue.
The project could net the tribe a MINT of lime green profits if it becomes successful.
“We want it to be an adult playground,” tribal President Anthony Reider said. “There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this.”
The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit, and work is already underway on the growing facility. The first joints are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year’s Eve party.
The legalization of marijuana on the Santee Sioux land came in June, months after the Justice Department outlined a new policy that allows Indian tribes to grow and sell marijuana under the same conditions as some states.
If successful, this could spark major economic growth for Native American tribes who are in need of a cash injection.
“The vast majority of tribes have little to no economic opportunity,” said Blake Trueblood, business development director at the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. For those tribes, “this is something that you might look at and say, ‘We’ve got to do something.'”
The Sioux also want to assure the government that they are playing above board when it comes to their intentions.
“This is not a fly-by-night operation,” said Jonathan Hunt, Monarch’s vice president and chief grower. Tribal leaders “want to show the state how clean, how efficient, how proficient, safe and secure this is as an operation. We are not looking to do anything shady.”
Any of you inclined to book a trip to South Dakota to chief the green leaf?
Image via Shutterstock