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South Dakota - The Santee Sioux tribe of South Dakota has recently announced that they will be opening the country's first "Marijuana Resort," which representatives of the tribe say will be an "adult playground." Earlier this year, the Department Of Justice issued a statement saying that they would no longer prosecute Native American Tribes for the possession and sale of marijuana. However, as we reported last week, some tribes are still getting raided for attempting to venture into the marijuana industry.

"We want it to be an adult playground. There's nowhere else in America that has something like this," Santee Sioux tribe tribal President Anthony Reider told reporters.

Reider said that the tribe must "look at these opportunities because in order to preserve the past we do have to advance in the present."

Sadly, tribes that want to set up operations like this will be forced to adhere to strict guidelines or risk their entire business, or even face fines or imprisonment. Under the guidelines set by the government, the marijuana will not be allowed to leave the reservation, and it can only be sold in one gram packages, one at a time. If someone wants another gram, they will have to return the barcode from their first gram in order to get a new one.

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The tribe is facing considerable risks with this venture, considering that other tribes with similar plans were recently raided because federal agents said that they are not allowed to actually make an income with marijuana. Police in South Dakota have also been fairly harsh on previous attempted grow operations in the state.

Marijuana has been proven to be one of the safest drugs available, less harmful than alcohol or anything you will find in a pharmacy. This plant has been called a miracle drug by many and is quickly growing in popularity for its medicinal properties. Yet, despite the growing evidence of the incredible advantages and benign nature of cannabis, there are powerful business and political interests that are very intent on keeping this drug illegal.

Marijuana can cure cancer, heal countless other physical ailments, reduce our dependence on oil-based products and prescription pharmaceuticals. All research shows that this plant is not only harmless, but can be extremely beneficial to our environment and our society. Hemp was even used to clean up radiation after the Chernobyl disaster in 1986.

John Vibes is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter-culture and the drug war. In addition to his writing and activist work, he organizes a number of large events including the Free Your Mind Conference, which features top caliber speakers and whistle-blowers from all over the world. You can contact him and stay connected to his work at his Facebook page. You can find his 65 chapter Book entitled “Alchemy of the Timeless Renaissance” at