The Las Vegas Paiute Tribe already runs a smoke shop downtown and a golf course in the northwest valley. Now a third business venture — in medical marijuana — is on the horizon.

If construction goes as planned, the federally-recognized tribe will open two medical marijuana dispensaries and a cultivation and production facility by the end of the year, said Benny Tso, chairman of the Las Vegas Paiute Council.

The tribe has partnered with Ultra Health, an Arizona medical marijuana company, to develop and manage the businesses, Tso said.

A groundbreaking ceremony Monday at the Las Vegas Paiute Indian Colony downtown capped more than a year of discussions with experts, lawyers and government officials, and tours of out-of-state medical marijuana facilities.

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