Cannabis grower buys CA town, plans to create pot-tourist destination

Cannabis grower buys CA town, plans to create pot-tourist destination
Greener pastures ahead? (Image: Wikimedia Commons, JERRYE AND ROY KLOTZ MD)

[Ed. – What could go wrong?  Fun fact: Nipton, CA is just across the Nevada state line near the famous Ivanpah solar farm where birds go to die.]

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

The company has acquired the tiny burg of Nipton, California, for about $5 million and plans to invest as much as $2.5 million over the next 18 months to create a pot-friendly tourist destination. The purchase includes 120 acres of land with a general store, a hotel, a school building and mineral baths.

American Green, based in Tempe, Arizona, will use the existing structures and build new ones — powered by renewable energy — to revitalize the town, said project manager Stephen Shearin. Ideally, the outpost will spawn imitators, he said. …

American Green plans to include a new facility to manufacture water infused with CBD, the cannabis component that is typically associated with reducing pain and inflammation. The new Nipton will also have a production site for edible marijuana products, retail stores, and artist-in-residence programs.

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