Room to grow for local business

Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribal Council President Tony Reider was joined by other members of the Tribal Council, Jonathan Hunt, the chief operations officer for Native Nations Cannabis, and other staff on Tuesday this past week for the Grand Opening of Grow 2. The building is the second state-of-the-art greenhouse on the Native Nations Cannabis campus, constructed to help keep up with what company officials say is the demand for high-quality, and strictly regulated medicinal marijuana.

A second Native Nations Cannabis medical marijuana grow facility is in the process of becoming fully operational after a grand opening ceremony this past week. Staff for the company along with Tribal Council and other interested parties attended the event early Tuesday morning.
The building, which was previously the tribe’s bowling alley complex, has been entirely retrofitted with new state-of-the-art greenhouse technology. Company officials say the facility along with the processes they have standardized for NNC will not only maximize the quality and quantity of their product lines, but also continue to set the standard for a quality, safe and reliable product as they grow the brand.
And grow, it is.  
A third greenhouse, just to the east of Grow 2, is set to come online within the next six months to help meet the demand from medicinal customers across the region. Currently, consumers might access only a fraction of what state law allows, purely because of product availability. NNC just can’t grow its inventory fast enough. The company plans to keep on hand and on the counter each month with the new space, 64 unique strains of medicinal grade marijuana.
“It’s been an amazing adventure for our tribe here,” said Tribal Council President Tony Reider.  “Thank you for your hard work every day, everyone seems to enjoy themselves and the industry that they’re becoming a part of. And to see the benefit that it has for the community as well as individuals and their medical needs is truly amazing. This will help us ramp up production, allow us to toy with pricing a bit more as well as have the quantities out there so that people that can come from further distances and take back the amount that they want with them.”
Flandreau, however, isn’t the only campus Native Nations Cannabis is looking to build. Greenhouses are also going up in other states and with other tribes as part of the NNC brand as the local company begins in earnest to franchise. NNC currently is working on two projects in the state of New York, one in Boston, Massachusetts, one in Arizona, a couple in Florida and there is interest as well with a couple of partners in the Caribbean Islands.
“With some of the tribes, it’s everything — from the legal framework up to the grows, the dispensaries, the manufacturing,” said Reider. Ideally, it will allow those tribes to grow a business that will bring money and jobs to their own reservations. At the same, the goal would be for it to bring in additional revenue to FSST. That growth, said Reider, will offer opportunities for the tribe to explore other businesses and to expand their economic portfolio.
“Really, the biggest thing is seeing the jobs and the growth. The revenues will help the tribe as a whole, but seeing so many people so happy with their job and their wages, where we can go from here is very exciting,” he said.

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