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map of South Dakota Indian reservations
Tribal leaders, who say the resort could generate $2 million a month in profit, "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," Cano writes. Tribe president Anthony Reider told her, “We want it to be an adult playground. There’s nowhere else in America that has something like this.” The resort is expected to open Dec. 31 for a New Year's Eve party.
While existing enterprises support family homes, a senior living community, a clinic and a community center offering after-school programs, Reider said he "hopes marijuana profits can fund more housing, an addiction treatment center and an overhaul of the clinic. Some members want a 24/7 day care center for casino workers."
One concern is that the next president "could overturn the Justice Department’s decision that made marijuana cultivation possible on tribal land," Cano writes. Even if it doesn't, tribal lands have strict policies regarding marijuana. It "cannot leave the reservation, and every plant will have a bar code. After being harvested and processed, it will be sold in sealed 1-gram packages for $12.50 to $15—about the same price as the illegal market in Sioux Falls, according to law enforcement. Consumers will be allowed to buy only 1 gram—enough for two to four joints—at a time." To get more, the bar-coded package has to be returned to the counter.