The small South Dakota Indian tribe known as the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe already has a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch. But they’re soon going to turn their business into something bigger and better. They will soon operate the first ever Marijuana themed resort and casino on their reservation.
The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos. In October, leaders from different tribes from across the country will be touring the resort to see if they too can embark on a similar venture.
Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow their own pot and sell it in a smoking lounge that includes a nightclub, arcade games, bar and food service, and eventually, slot machines and an outdoor music venue. Strangely enough, their pot fields are right next to a vast field of soybeans.
Tribal President Anthony Reider envisions the new resort as “an adult playground,” and we can’t wait to go play! “There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this,” Reider also added. Yes, we agree — and it’s about time there was!
The tribe says the project could generate up to $2 million a month in profit. The first joints are expected to go on sale at their huge New Year’s Eve blast.
Marijuana has only been legal on the Santee Sioux land since 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.
A marijuana resort open to the public has never been tried in the U.S. Even in states such as Colorado and Washington, where pot is fully legal, consumption in public places is forbidden. Colorado only tolerates a handful of private marijuana clubs and Pro-pot activists are seeking to loosen those restrictions, but for now, we can all goto South Dakota for our fantasy holiday.