08.04.2017
culture

A Town Entirely Dedicated To Weed Is Coming To California

One weed-tech outfit wants to create the world's first weed-town-outpost.

California voters said yes to legal recreational weed in 2016. And the soon-to-be functional legal recreational market has speculators saying cannabis will drive the Golden State's next Gold Green Rush, come January 2018 when the law fully takes effect. 

American Green Corp., a technology company that produces vending machines that dispense marijuana (because 2017), and non-psychoactive hemp oil, is most definitely operating with such "Gold Rush" vibes at the forefront of it's focus, however, and this week closed the deal to purchase the city of Nipton, California––a former gold-mining hub. The weed-tech outfit has plans to turn the former Western town into a "cannabis outpost," reports Bloomberg

The all-cash deal included 120 acres of land and all existing structures. 

Though, as Nipton––which is just 12 miles outside Primm, Nevada, and has a most recently reported population of just 6 people––is unincorporated, which means it could technically be years before anyone at American Green Corp. is even legally allowed to cultivate any cannabis in the desert town.  

“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 nineteenth century,” said American Green Corp. President David Gwyther, in a statement.

American Green Corp. says it will spend $2.5 million over the next 18 months on construction and renovations in order to "create a community that is accepting and understanding," according to a consultant working with the company.

And even though Nipton is located on the border of two states where recreational use is now legal, don't expect Nipton to be a lit AF, true-blue (and green) weed paradise. 

"The [idea] here isn't to create 'Woodstock 2017,'" the consultant said to Business Insider. "It's about creating an environment where people come to work and share in a community." 

Construction is set to begin immediately. 

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