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Suquamish Tribe completes casino expansion

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The Suquamish Tribe put finishing touches this summer on a three-year expansion and renovation of Clearwater Casino Resort. 

Mark Lindquist Campaign KickoffThe project launched in 2013 when lead contractor Korsmo Construction began work on a 700-stall parking garage attached to the casino.

Additional phases included the creation of a 98-room hotel towera fine dining restaurant and café, three commercial kitchens, a sports bar and lounge, a renovated buffet and service area, 3,500 square feet of  non-smoking gaming space, and improvements to the existing gaming floor.

Construction wrapped up at the end of August with the upgrades to the main entrance, according to a news release from Korsmo. Work finished a month ahead of schedule.

Suquamish Tribe opens marijuana store

UPDATE: Here’s our story on the opening.

The Suquamish Tribe’s marijuana store, called Agate Dreams, opened for business this week, according to a Facebook post:

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The tribe recently entered into a compact with the state creating guidelines for regulating legalized marijuana on tribal land.

The Squaxin Island Tribe in Shelton signed a similar compact and opened a marijuana store in November.

The Suquamish store is located at 15915 Highway 305, next to the Texaco station. The enterprise is being operated as a subsidiary of Port Madison Enterprises, the tribe’s business arm.

We’ll have more on this story soon.

Bainbridge marijuana store welcomes tribal competition

Paper_Leaf_IMG_6115_webAfter news broke the Suquamish Tribe would be entering the recreational marijuana market this fall, I was interested in gauging the reaction of the nearest state-licensed marijuana retailer.

That retailer is Paper & Leaf, a marijuana store that opened on Bainbridge Island in June. The Suquamish marijuana shop will be located about three miles north of Paper & Leaf on Highway 305.

In an email, Paper & Leaf co-owner Brendan Hill said he sees the tribe’s entry into the industry as part of a groundswell of support for legalized marijuana:

Personally, we are excited to see interest in the legalized retail recreational marijuana landscape expanding.  As one of the fastest growing new industries in Washington, we feel grateful to be invested in a business model that can welcome others with open arms. 

When my partner, Steve Kessler, and I made the decision to open Paper & Leaf, it was because we had a unique vision for the store. We wanted to create a welcoming, artistic atmosphere that reflected both of our personalities and individual interests—as well as that of the community of Bainbridge Island—which we are fortunate enough to call home.

Judging by public response and consumer feedback, we’ve been successful in meeting this goal, and we feel confident in the unparalleled experience we are able to offer our customers.

With that being said, we have no concerns on the pending opening of any retail cannabis shop, as each new store is further testament to the increase in market demand and the public’s evolving opinion of cannabis in the main stream.

As more shops open, consumers not only benefit, but also the farmers and ecosystem of cannabis as a whole. We wish all those entering the market the best of luck in their new business venture.

S’Klallam Tribe taking cautious approach to marijuana

The Suquamish Tribe made headlines this week as it announced plans to enter the recreational marijuana market by November.

The announcement came after the state Liquor and Cannabis Board voted to approve a marijuana compact with the Suquamish, the first agreement of its kind in the country.

The Squaxin Island Tribe, based in Shelton, is also negotiating a compact with the state, according to the Tacoma News Tribune. 

PortGambleSklallamIn Kingston, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe has taken a cautious approach to the issue of marijuana legalization and sales. PGST Executive Director Kelly Sullivan sent this statement to the Kitsap Sun on Wednesday:

“PGST does not currently have any solid plans to move toward the marijuana business. 

There are several issues on the marijuana spectrum that are being considered. 

Decriminalization, legalization, medicinal use, recreational sale, manufacturing/distributing, all have different potential impacts in our community. 

The Tribe is not taking these decisions lightly and is considering impacts each of these different potential changes and how they each balance with the values of our tribe.”

Ribbon cutting set for Clearwater Casino hotel

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Casino1_13289723_ver1.0_640_480A ribbon cutting ceremony for the Suquamish Tribe’s new Clearwater Casino Resort hotel tower is set for 3 p.m. May 18.

The 98-room hotel was part of the second phase expansion at the Clearwater.

The new addition includes The Clearwater, a fine dining restaurant that opened May 6. The new Beach Glass Cafe and Beach Bru Coffee shop opened Tuesday.

A large conference room was also built into the hotel addition.

The Monday ribbon cutting event will include speakers, tours and a reception.

You can read our February story on the Clearwater hotel expansion here.