One of the sectors of the cannabis industry that excites me most is the entertainment sector. There are new things popping up all the time that have me thinking to myself, 'that sounds fun, I'd actually pay to do that.' Whether it's a bud and breakfast, or a tour, or a marijuana recreation center (like one in Keizer, Oregon - BINGO night with joints? Yes please!), I am absolutely all about doing fun stuff that I have always loved doing, but enhanced with cannabis.
I always tell people you can't just simply sell cannabis these days. Long gone are the days of getting a shop and/or a garden, and simply 'existing' and expecting to succeed. People have to be creative, and create things that draw people in and then sell them the cannabis. A tribe in South Dakota seems to have that idea, as they are planning on starting what it sounds like is America's first ever marijuana resort. Per CNBC:
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.
"We want it to be an adult playground," tribal President Anthony Reider said. "There's nowhere else in American that has something like this."
The project, according to the tribe, could generate up to $2 million a month in profit, and work is already underway on the growing facility. The first joints are expected to go on sale Dec. 31 at a New Year's Eve party.
I did hear of one attempt at a resort starting in Colorado once upon a time, but that one ran into issues. So as far as I know, this could be the first one (feel free to post in the comments if that's not accurate) and if that's the case, I think that's outstanding that a Native American tribe is going to benefit from this industry. There's not exactly a lot going on in South Dakota, so this could prove to be a very significant thing for the state's economy. Gas stations along the way will benefit. Stores along the way will benefit. You better believe I will be taking some time off work once it opens and taking a trip.