A new business endeavor for the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe is booming. Native Nations Cannabis opened on July 1st when medical cannabis officially became legal in South Dakota. “We’ve been surprisingly busy,” Native Nations Cannabis Chief Operations Officer Jonathan Hunt said.
“We’re seeing between 300 and 500 people a day,” Hunt said. “We usually have a line when we start the day at 10 o’clock.” The tribe now has more than 10,000 patients registered in their medical cannabis program, and it’s not just South Dakotans. “We have a lot of patients coming from all over the country to buy products from the tribe,” Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Attorney General Seth Pearman said.
The demand has been even more than their growth operation can produce right now. “We’ve limited the amount we’re selling right now because we don’t have enough product for everyone to buy as much as they want, especially in flower which is the big seller,” Pearman said.
“We do run a perpetual harvest, every week we’re bringing down 50 to 80 pounds of cannabis,” Native Nations Cultivation Supervisor Anthony Flute said. Right now they have nearly 5,300 square feet of grow room on the reservation and are nearly ready to open a second grow facility next door. “This new facility will produce another 130 to 150 pounds a week. In our current facility we are at full throttle, we’re maxed out,” Hunt said.
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