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Weed Company Is Buying Up Towns To Create "Pot-Paradise" Destinations

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Source –  One of America’s largest cannabis companies has bought the entire California desert town of Nipton.

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. It says it plans to transform the old Gold Rush town into what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”

The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, said the sale is still in escrow, but confirmed American Green is the buyer.

American Green says it plans to expand that farm and also bottle and sell cannabis-infused water from Nipton’s plentiful aquifer. The buyers are also reaching out to edibles manufacturers and other pot-industry businesses, hoping they’ll be interested in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.

“We are excited to lead the charge for a true Green Rush,” David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO, said in a statement. “The cannabis revolution that’s going on here in the U.S. has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century.”

I’m going to go out on a limb and say this doesn’t work out. Weed is basically legal. You can get high pretty much anywhere. People aren’t going to travel to the desert to smoke the same joint they could on their couch. The idea sounds cool,  but it’s not anything new- Amsterdam’s entire economy is built on “marijuana hospitality.” The only difference is they have hookers and people with funny accents. So unless they plan on bussing in who-ers and Dutchman they shouldn’t even try.  The days of Marijuana-rumspringa‘s are over.

Relying on a bunch of stoners to come visit your business isn’t a gamble I’d want to take either. You expect them at 2:00PM, they don’t show. You call them, they don’t pick up. Only to get a returned phone call three days later apologizing for getting “caught up in Netflix.”  It would be a nightmare.

Props to American green for buying an entire town though. Granted, “utopian societies” typically don’t work out (cc:Jonestown) but it’s still kind of cool. Five-million bucks and you’re the king. You make the rules, you name the streets, you call the shots. No campaigning or debating just write a check. I’m sure it’s much more complicated than that but you get it.