Pot Company Wants to Turn California Town Into 'Cannabis-Friendly Municipality'

Marijuana Company Turning Entire Town Into Pot Tourism Destination

American Green, a maker of cannabis products, is taking an unusual step to attract new customers as it capitalises on California legalising marijuana: It's buying an entire town.

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".

The town's current owner Roxanne Lang told the Associated Press that she and her late husband Gerald Freeman had listed Nipton for sale for $5 million but she declined to say what the final price was.

American Green Inc. announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, which includes its Old West-style hotel, a handful of houses, an RV park and a coffee shop.

American Green said its project will create jobs and be a model of the marijuana industry's role in "stimulating and accelerating the rebuilding of struggling small town economies" where the drug has been legalized.

But by the time Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist who liked to look for gold in his spare time, discovered the place in the 1950s it was already a ghost town.

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"Ultimately, the company would like to offer a variety of commercial and recreational attractions including: CBD and mineral baths, cannabis-product retail outposts, artists-in-residence programs, culinary events and Bed-and-Breakfast lodging to complete the charming small town experience", the statement said. The sum was undisclosed, but Freeman and Lang (before Freeman's recent death) had listed Nipton for sale previous year at $5 million.

Nipton, which is located near the California/Nevada border in San Bernardino County, was founded in the early 1900s after gold was found nearby.

"The Cannabis Revolution that's going on here in the United States has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century", Gwyther said in the statement. Shearin said. "The Green Rush can keep it moving the way people envisioned it years ago".

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

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