Senecas to build and open new cannabis dispensary in Niagara Falls – Buffalo News

Jonathan D. Epstein

The Seneca Nation of Indians is getting into the legalized marijuana business.

The Nation’s new leadership announced Tuesday that it will build a tribal-owned cannabis dispensary on its sovereign Niagara Territory in the city of Niagara Falls.

The new Nativa Cannabis business – which will be operated through the tribe’s Seneca Development entity – will be located at the corner of John Daly Boulevard and Niagara Street, adjacent to the tribe’s Seneca One Stop gas station and convenience store. Construction on the 2,500-square-foot, single-story building has already begun on the site, with an opening planned for early February 2023.

Cannabis dispensaries have opened across Native American territories in Western New York ahead of the state’s legalization program, which is expected to award its first licenses by the end of the year.

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But this venture is the first cannabis operation by the tribe itself, which is also planning to build a 90,000-square-foot cultivation facility on Seneca territory in the Southern Tier. That operation will also allow for future expansion based on sales. The Senecas have been working on the combined project for several months with Opus Consulting

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