When the small desert town of Nipton, California was bought recently, the residents couldn’t believe the company’s business plans for the sleepy town.
American Green Inc. recently announced that it purchased the 80 acre town of Nipton, which is home to a hotel, RV park, and a coffee shop, as well as a couple dozen residents. Their plan? To turn it into a marijuana tourist destination.
This is one of the country’s largest cannabis companies, so their intentions for the town are weed-related, as they plan to transform the sleepy town into “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”
Roxanne Lang, who previously owned the town, confirmed the sale to American Green but would not reveal the price it sold for. It was listed at $5 million when she and her late husband put it up for sale last year.
When Roxanne was asked what her husband would think of the buyer’s plans for the town, she responded, “I think he would find a lot of humor in that.”
She also noted that her husband had no issues with people using marijuana and supported energy independence, having installed a solar farm that provided some of the town’s electricity.
American Green will not only expand the solar farm, but plans to use Nipton’s aquifer for bottled cannabis-infused water, noting that they want to “move Nipton toward becoming a completely energy-independent town, including the development of the town’s existing aquifer system for water supply.”
The company is also looking to secure some pot-related businesses, such as edibles and other endeavors, to see if they would come to the town and create jobs in the process.
American Green’s president and chief executive, David Gwyther, said in a statement: “We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush. 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.”
He added: “This acquisition allows us to channel the myriad interests in cannabis production and consumption for an immediate positive impact to this community’s members and to cannabis consumers across the country.”
Interestingly, the gold rush created the town in the early 1900s, but by the 1950s, when Roxanne’s husband, a geologist, discovered it, Nipton was a ghost town. Roxanne noted that its location, 60 miles outside of Las Vegas, is “conveniently located in the middle of nowhere.”
Her husband bought the town in 1985 and restored its hotel and store, as well as built “eco cabins” to make it a tourist destination.
Carl Cavaness, who works at the hotel noted that he hopes the town’s new owners will let him and his wife stay, explaining, “We like the quiet and solitude.”
The comment of the Independent’s coverage of the story lit up with a debate about pot, with a discussion about the impacts. One person noted: “Cannabis isnt that harmful, sorry to disappoint you, generally speaking it is not that bad and certainly should be legalized immediately.”
Many people were in favor of the new owner’s plans, with one noting: “Sounds great, it certainly will revitalize this area.”