Nevada Tribe Getting Into MMJ Business

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On Monday, the Native American footprint in the cannabis industry got a little bigger.

The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe announced that it is partnering with Ultra Health, a medical marijuana production business based in Scottsdale, Arizona, to open two dispensaries and a cultivation facility in Nevada, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Paiute leaders and Ultra Health officials broke ground Monday on what they say will be 4,000-square-foot dispensary on their tribal lands near Las Vegas. According to the Review-Journal, the tribe and Ultra Health also intend to construct a second dispensary on the Snow Mountain Reservation on the northern edge of the Las Vegas Valley, as well as an 86,000-square-foot grow site there.

Ultra Health operates seven other facilities in New Mexico and Arizona.

“I think we can create a unique product. I think we can also create a unique dispensary a unique surrounding around that,” Ultra Health Chairman Benny Tso told KTNV news in Las Vegas.

The dispensaries and cultivation site will cost around $5 million, and should be finished before the end of year, KTNV reported.