South Dakota’s Santee Sioux tribe will fulfill a longstanding dream of highDEAS.com user JabiousForever and legions of stoners everywhere by opening the nation’s first marijuana resort by the end of the year.
The Santee Sioux are looking to supplement the income they bring in from an existing hotel and a buffalo ranch with a grow operation. They’re already at work, cultivating some 30 strains of weed that they plan to sell for $12.50 to $15 a gram.
Once the grow operation is firmly in place, the tribe plans to open a smoking lounge with a nightclub, arcade games, bars and a restaurant. Slot machines and an outdoor music venue will follow at some point down the road.
The tribe, which is projecting profit margins of $2 million a month, hopes to open by December 31.
The grow operation and resort were both made possible by a Justice Department memo circulated in 2014 that discouraged U.S. attorneys from prosecuting tribes who grow weed on sovereign lands. There’s some doubt though, about whether those guidelines would remain in effect under a new administration.
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