The Las Vegas Review Journal reports
The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe is primed to open the state’s first medical marijuana facility on Native American lands.
Right next to Downtown Las Vegas.
The tribe partnered with New Mexico-based medical marijuana company Ultra Health to build the facility. Ultra Health operates six other facilities in Arizona and New Mexico.
Plans call for a 3,000-square-foot dispensary to be built just minutes from the heart of Downtown Las Vegas on the tribe’s land near Main Street and Washington Avenue.
An 84,000-square-foot production facility and a 10,000-square-foot production center will be built on the Snow Mountain Reservation near the northwestern edge of the Las Vegas Valley, Tso said. The production center will also operate as a satellite dispensary. The tribe operates the Las Vegas Paiute Golf Club Resort, which includes a casino, on the reservation as well.
The group ceremonially broke ground at both locations Monday. Ultra Health President and CEO Duke Rodriguez said the $5 million project will be done by the end of 2016.
Rodriguez, who said he is in talks with over 20 other tribes across the Southwest, predicted that medical marijuana will be a game-changer for Native American business.
“I’m a big believer that cannabis in America on tribal lands will be bigger than gaming,” Rodriguez said.
Talks about opening a medical cannabis joint on tribal lands started almost immediately after the Nevada Legislature approved the licensing of such facilities in 2013, Tso said.