Revealing plans to build two dispensaries, a production facility and develop a cultivation the size of two football fields, the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe announced on February 29 that it will be joining Nevada’s burgeoning medical cannabis industry. The tribe’s announcement came during a groundbreaking for one of two medical cannabis dispensaries, which should be open by the end of the year.

“It’s like we have been holding onto a secret that we have had for a while and now we are able to tell the world and get this medicine out to the world,” enthused Vice Chairman Chris Spotted Eagle during the blessing prior to the groundbreaking ceremony.

Chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribal Council Benny Tso acknowledged that “after much research, the tribe overwhelmingly accepted and wanted to go forward with this venture. With that, the Council drafted a robust and compliant formal ordinance that provides legal grounds to move forward and that complements existing state laws.”

Ultra Health, an Arizona-based company specializing in healthcare cannabis products with various entities in New Mexico and Arizona, will be partnering with the Paiutes in their cannabis-focused economic development project which includes a 84,000-square-foot cultivation using advanced clean greenhouse technologies that will reduce the demand for electricity, eliminate the use of pesticides, and conserve water through leading edge technologies.

The project will also consist of a 10,000-square-foot production facility and two full-service retail dispensaries with on-site exhibition capabilities. One dispensary will be located at the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Colony in Downtown Las Vegas and the second satellite location will be at the tribe’s Snow Mountain reservation in northwest Las Vegas.

Construction will begin immediately and both campuses are slated to be completed within six to nine months. The total project costs are estimated to be just over $5 million. The Snow Mountain facility will employ over 50 workers upon opening and will grow to over 100 employees during the first year alone, estimated Duke Rodriguez, president and CEO of Ultra Health.

“Today we are pleased to introduce you to the standard of what will become the most advanced state-of-the-art medical grade cannabis facility in Indian country and non-Indian country,” explained Rodriquez.