One of the largest cannabis companies in the United States is about to the transform California’s desert town of Nipton into a pot paradise. American Green has bought the whole 80 acres of Nipton, located in the Mojave Desert for nearly $5 million and plans to turn it into a marijuana-friendly hot-spot destination.
The old Gold Rush town is privately owned and has a population between 6 and sixteen people. Its main source of income is the sales of Lottery tickets by the general store.
American Green plans to develop the infrastructure of Nipton, so local cannabis businesses can move in once California recreational marijuana law takes effect in 2018.
The deserted land currently includes Hotel Nipton, few houses, an RV park and a coffee shop managed by Roxanne Lang, Nipton’s current owner.
Locals believe the town has a bright future as a marijuana destination and are embracing the cannabis culture.
American Green actually sells only pot-related product and will not manufacture cannabis products that violate California’s laws, said Stephen Shearin, Nipton’s project manager for American Green.