The Flandreau Santee Sioux Indian tribe, located in South Dakota, is set to begin selling recreational cannabis to anyone 21 and older this December, the first Indian tribe in the nation to do so.
“The fact that we are first doesn’t scare us,” says tribal president Anthony Reider, who’s led the tribe for five years. “The Department of Justice gave us the go-ahead, similar to what they did with the states, so we’re comfortable going with it.”
Reider is referring to a memo released in December by the U.S Department of Justice stating that Indian tribes should be free to sell and use cannabis on their own sovereign land.
In June, the Flandreau Santee Sioux tribe voted to begin distributing cannabis through a cannabis retail outlet, which will be supplied by a separate cultivation center. The retail outlet will sell cannabis to anyone 21 and older, not just members of the tribe.
According to Reider, the tribe plans to sell over 60 different cannabis strains. They’re expecting revenue of up to $2 million per year.