The small South Dakota Indian tribe known as the Flandreau Santee Sioux already has a successful casino, a 120-room hotel and a 240-head buffalo ranch.

Now it's undertaking a new venture _ opening the nation's first marijuana resort on its reservation. The experiment could offer a new money-making model for tribes nationwide seeking economic opportunities beyond casinos.

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.

Time Magazine recently ran a report about why many Indian Tribes are getting into the marijuana business. Some of the "pot lounges" that are opening up let customers buy and smoke up to 2 grams of marijuana a day.

Similar resorts have already opened in Colorado. They are called "Bud and Breakfast" Inns.

Tribal President Anthony Reider envisions the resort as ``an adult playground.''

The tribe says the project could generate up to $2 million a month in profit. The first joints are expected to go on sale New Year's Eve.

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