One Native American tribe outside of San Diego, California, is using legal weed to dig themselves out of the hole dug by casino dreams.
According to the San Diego Union-Tribune, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel is in the process of turning the massive parking lot of the now defunct Santa Ysabel Resort and Casino into a series of state of the art cannabis production facilities.
The tribe found out that the casino business wasn’t as easy as it looked when they opened the resort in 2007, and by the time the doors were shut for good in 2014, the Iipay Nation was in debt to the tune of $50 million.
Since then, the hilltop casino lot has been transformed, thanks to the budding cannabis industry. Since 2015, greenhouses and never-ending construction have created a renewed vision of financial freedom for the tribe.
“The greenhouses are at various stages of construction,” Dave Vialpando, who leads the Santa Ysabel Cannabis Regulatory Agency and Cannabis Commission, the group that oversees the tribe’s canna-business, said. “It won’t be all cultivation. There will be processing rooms and trimming rooms and storage rooms. There’s a lot of infrastructure that goes…