Flandreau Sioux Put Marijuana Resort On Hold

SOUTH DAKOTA: The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is temporarily suspending its marijuana cultivation and distributing facilities and is destroying its existing crop as leaders seek clarification on regulations from the federal government, according to the tribe’s lawyer.

Seth Pearman said the suspension is pivotal to the continued success of the marijuana venture and that tribal leadership is confident that after getting clarification from theU.S. Department of Justice, “it will be better suited to succeed.”

“The tribe will continue to consult with the federal and state government and hopes to be granted parity with states that have legalized marijuana,” Pearman said in the news release.

 

South Dakota Tribe To Open Nation’s First Marijuana Resort

SOUTH DAKOTA:  The Santee Sioux tribe has proven its business acumen, running a casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch on the plains of South Dakota.

Now the small tribe of 400 is undertaking a new venture — opening the nation’s first marijuana resort on its reservation.

The experiment could offer a money-making model for other tribes seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.

Santee Sioux leaders plan to grow the 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.

“We want it to be an adult playground,” said tribal President Anthony Reider. “There’s nowhere else in American that has something like this.”

South Dakota Indian Tribe Signs Deal With Colorado Company To Grow Pot

SOUTH DAKOTA:  An Indian tribe in South Dakota that plans to start selling marijuana for recreational and medicinal purposes has chosen a Colorado-based company to grow and distribute the drug on the reservation.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe on Wednesday signed a contract with Monarch America, Inc. The company will be responsible for designing the single, indoor site where the drug will be cultivated and sold.

The tribe earlier this month legalized the growth of marijuana on the reservation’s land. Tribal leaders hope to begin selling the drug by Jan. 1.

 

Flandreau Tribe Votes To Legalize Marijuana

SOUTH DAKOTA:  A South Dakota tribe has voted to grow and sell marijuana as soon as Fall 2015.

The Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe executive committee voted 5-1 Thursday to legalize the growing and use of marijuana on tribal land. Trustee Roxee Johnson was the sole opposition to the ordinance.

The marijuana control ordinance will establish a facility where marijuana will be grown. Another location will offer marijuana for recreational use.

The ordinance approves marijuana consumption only inside of a single facility that has yet to be determined. Officials describe the proposed facility to function similarly to a bar. Tribe officials said that marijuana will not be allowed to leave that location.