Move over Colorado, as there’s a new pot capital of America coming to town.
The small town of Nipton California was just been purchased by American Green Inc. who plans to turn the Old West town into the new destination for weed-fueled holiday seekers.
According to Business Insider, Nipton currently has very little in terms of attractions, which currently includes a hotel, a handful of small houses, an RV and camping park, a general store, and a coffee shop. American Green plans to turn the town of fewer than two dozen residents into “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
Originally founded during the gold rush era, Nipton was abandoned shortly after until the 1950s when it was rediscovered by Gerald Freeman, a geologist and late spouse of the town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang. Freeman purchased the town in 1985 and spent the next 30 years lovingly restoring the town’s ancient architecture, as well as adding some modern technology such as a solar farm that provides much of the town’s electricity.
The sale of the town is still in escrow, and the final price was never disclosed, however, Lang notes that “The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the US has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century. Nipton was originally listed for a cool $5 million.
“The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the US has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century,” said David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO in a statement. “We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush.”
So far, American Green has disclosed few specifics as to what it plans for the town, however, they mentioned that they plan on expanding the town’s existing solar farm, as well as using the town aquifer to bottle and sell cannabis-infused water. The company is also reaching out to other pot industries, such as edibles manufacturers, to try and convince them to relocate to Nipton.
Local residents have only recently learned of the sale with many being caught by surprise. Many of the residents prefer the town’s quiet nature to that of a bustling metropolis. Nipton’s solitude is easily achieved being 60 miles south of Las Vegas, and just over 10 miles away from any major highway. Most tourists that do come to Nipton are desert and Old West enthusiasts that enjoy camping in the local scrubland.
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