Thursday, 19 October, 2017

Cannabis grower buys California town to build pot-friendly outpost

Marijuana Company Turning Entire Town Into Pot Tourism Destination Will This Ghost Town Turn Into Weed City, USA?
Juana Turner | 06 August, 2017, 01:25

An American marijuana firm is buying an entire California desert town and plans to turn it into a "cannabis-friendly hospitality destination".

But she confirms American Green is the buyer.

Owned by Gerald Freeman and his family since 1984, the town boasts a small store, a bed and breakfast, an RV park, and the Whistle Stop Cafe, whose name pays homage to the rail road line that still sees trains pass through town, though stops must be pre-arranged with the rail road.

It said in a statement it's "the first company to buy an entire town for the objective of capitalizing on the emerging cannabis tourism industry", and claimed that the finished project will be "the country's first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination".

But that solitude may not last much longer, with the company planning to reach out to pot-industry businesses, hoping they'll be interested in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.

"We are excited to lead the charge for a true green rush", American Green's president David Gwyther said in a statement to Time.

The company announced its purchase Thursday of Nipton, a former mining town nestled in the Mohave Desert roughly 70 miles southwest of Las Vegas, and said it plans to soon begin work on building a marijuana mecca of sorts making use of the region's lax weed laws.

"The cannabis revolution that's going on here in the USA has the power to completely revitalise communities in the same way gold did during the 19th Century". Nipton, which is located near the California/Nevada border in San Bernardino County, was founded in the early 1900s after gold was found nearby.

"I like to say it's conveniently located in the middle of nowhere", said Lang.

The company purchased the 120-acre property, which includes a general store, a hotel, a school building and mineral baths, for about $5 million and plans to spend an additional $2.5 million to improve the town's infrastructure and expand the solar energy plant.

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