Now that one of the nation’s largest marijuana business has actually purchased the entire California desert town of Nipton, a question remains: will the new owners relabel the place Potsylvania?
The name Weed already comes from an old mill town in northern California.
American Green announced Thursday it is buying all 80 acres of Nipton, that includes its old west-style hotel, a handful of houses, a RV park and a coffee bar. Its plans are to change the old gold rush town into exactly what it calls “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality location.”
The town’s current owner, Roxanne Lang, stated the sale is still in escrow, however validated American Green is the buyer. She decreased to reveal price before the sale closes, however noted she and her late husband, Gerald Freeman, noted the property at $5m when they put it up for sale last year.
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Asked what her other half would consider the buyers’ strategies to turn Nipton into the pot paradise of the California desert, she laughed heartily.
“I think he would find a great deal of humor in that,” she finally stated, adding that as a Libertarian Freeman had no problem with individuals using cannabis, and as a supporter of green power he ‘d be all in favor of energy independence. Over the years he ‘d installed a solar farm himself that offers much of the tiny town’s electrical energy.
American Green states it plans to expand that farm and also bottle and offer cannabis-infused water from Nipton’s numerous aquifer, joint moves that would make the town green in more ways than one.
The purchasers are also connecting to edibles producers and other pot-industry companies, hoping they’ll have an interest in relocating to Nipton and bringing jobs with them.
The town’s existing locals number fewer than two dozen and among its major sources of income is the California lottery game tickets the basic shop sells to people who cross the state line from Nevada due to the fact that they can’t buy them there.
“We are delighted to lead the charge for a true green rush,” David Gwyther, American Green’s president and CEO, stated in a declaration. “The cannabis transformation that’s going on here in the US has the power to entirely renew communities in the same way gold did throughout the 19th century.”
Indeed, it was a gold rush that created Nipton in the early 1900s when the rare-earth element was discovered nearby.
But by the time Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist who liked to look for gold in his spare time, discovered the location in the 1950s it was currently a ghost town. Even even worse it was 60 miles south of Las Vegas and 10 miles off the major highway that connects that city to Los Angeles.
“I want to say it’s conveniently situated in the middle of nowhere,” jokes Lang.
Freeman purchased the town in 1985 anyhow and invested the next 30 years lovingly restoring its boutique hotel and general store, developing canvas-covered “eco cabins” and stocking them with wood-burning stoves and overload coolers.
The small hotel has become a popular location with desert aficionados and fans of the old west, although it lies so near to a significant railway that moves freight between Los Angeles and Salt Lake City that visitors are handed earplugs with their room keys.
Carl Cavaness, who operates at the hotel, stated Thursday the sale captured him by surprise. He said he hopes the new owners will let him and his wife stay.
“We like the peaceful and privacy,” the 53-year-old handyman said.