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CTBA Political eBrief Thursday, April 7, 2016

“We think given the lay of the land here it’s time to take it to the next generation of adventure park. Elements of this are being built out on the East Coast, but nobody’s really done it holistically, and we think your location is perfect for that. We can leverage the casino meeting space, we can leverage the restaurants, and we can start to downsize some of the things we would typically build in the creation of a destination resort.” Tom Pientka, CEO of the engineering company Iconica, which is working on the Cherokee’s plan to build a one-of-a-kind family adventure park, in Smoky Mountain News --- “The Las Vegas Paiute Council spent over a year discussing their plans with government officials, lawyers, and cannabis industry experts, as well as making many visits to out-of-state medical marijuana dispensaries and farms. Ultra Health will help develop and manage the facilities, making this a lucrative opportunity that will help the development of the tribe. With fewer than 100 members, the tribe voted to carry out these plans with much enthusiasm which is something that would not have happened just a few short years ago.” Zoe Wilder on the Paiute’s proposed facility, which will be the largest medical marijuana facility in Nevada, with at least two dispensaries and three greenhouses, in Merry Jane


The Panama Papers: More Casino Connections, Amaya Connections Possibly Linked (Int. – Insider Trading)
World Casino News (April 6, 2015) The Panama Papers reveal potential links between family and associates of the recently resigned Amaya CEO and Chairman, David Baazov. The CEO was charged with insider trading by Quebec’s securities regulator, Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) before stepping down in late March.
Panama Papers Appear To Connect The Dots To Amaya Exec David Baazov (Int. – Insider Trading)
Cards Chat News (April 6, 2016) As if Amaya, Inc.’s temporarily on-leave executive David Baazov needed any more questions right now, the infamous Panama Papers appear to offer new insight into the insider trading charges against the CEO.
Santa Ysabel Tribe Establishes Cannabis Regulatory Agency (CA – Tribal Enterprise)
Pechanga.net (April 6, 2016) In February 2014, the Iipay Nation of Santa Ysabel made the business decision to close the Santa Ysabel Casino, located on the Nation’s reservation located in rural east San Diego County. The Tribe established the Santa Ysabel Tribal Cannabis Regulatory Agency to monitor and ensure the integrity and accountability of every aspect of cannabis cultivation and processing on the Nation’s lands, from the automated seed-to-sale tracking system, to waste disposal, to transportation to licensed medical marijuana dispensaries located in California.
Las Vegas Paiutes Tribe Gets Into The Medical Marijuana Game (NV – Tribal Enterprise)
Merry Jane (April 6, 2016) The legal cannabis industry is expected to bring more money to Sin City than casinos, and native tribes including the Las Vegas Paiutes are hoping to cash in. With 43 million visitors to this region a year, it may just grow into one of the greatest cannabis markets in the United States.
iGaming North America – Visionaries Panel Discusses US Regulated Market Possibilities (NV – Online Gaming)
CalvinAyre.com (April 6, 2016) Behold, live coverage of the iGaming North America 2016 Visionaries Panel, featuring three industry veterans, gambling industry analyst Chris Grove, award-winning gambling industry journalist Howard Stutz and 28-year video game industry veteran Louis Castle, discussing what is possible in the tightly controlled regulated gambling industry in America and how innovation can be achieved.
Jeff Grubbe Re-Elected To Agua Caliente Chairmanship (CA – Tribal Leadership)
The Desert Sun (April 6, 2016) Jeff Grubbe, chairman of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians in Palm Springs, retained his leadership role after being re-elected to a third consecutive two-year term during tribal elections last month, the tribe announced Tuesday.
Assemblymember Levine Says Daily Fantasy Sports Future Unclear In California (CA – Fantasy Sports)
SF Gate (April 8, 2016) California Assemblyman Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, views DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s decision to suspend contests on college games as an admission that the sites provide gambling. In January, Levine was the sole Assembly member to vote against AB1437, a bill that would regulate daily fantasy contests in California and collect fees for the state. The lopsided Assembly vote (62-1) hasn’t changed Levine’s mind.
Cherokee Re-Examines Adventure Park Idea (NC – Tribal Enterprise)
Smokey Mountain News (April 6, 2016) After four years of hibernation, Cherokee’s plan to build a one-of-a-kind family adventure park is back on the table. In 2012, Tribal Council gave the go-ahead to construct a $92 million park featuring water slides, rock climbing, zip-lining, splash pads and indoor amenities such as a 302-room hotel, restaurants, retail shops and an arcade.