There's green in them thar hills, or at least there will be now that one of the country's biggest marijuana companies has announced it's buying the tiny Mojave Desert town of Nipton in order to turn it into a cannabis consumption and producing mecca.
American Green said it plans to spend $2.5 million over the next 18 months to expand the town, which comprises 80 acres of land - plus another 40 that house solar facilities - a trailer park, a small hotel, and a few stores, Forbes reported.
Company spokesman David Gwyther is delighted with his firm's purchase.
"The cannabis revolution that's going on here in the U.S. has the power to completely revitalise communities in the same way gold did during the 19th Century".
American Green is a publicly traded cannabis company known for their ID and age verifying marijuana vending machines.
As there now isn't much "there" there - aside from the stark beauty of desert desolation - it's likely that improvements can be made to what passes for urban Nipton and provide for a rebirth, of sorts, in the desert.
Shearin said American Green hopes the town will be able to provide more flexible, business-friendly local marijuana regulations than other areas where marijuana is legal.
The company, which says it is the second oldest and largest publicly traded marijuana business in the USA, plans to modernize the 80-acre town that boasts some 20 residents and make it the "country's first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination", and a hub for the manufacture of pot products, according to a press release. But Lang said by the time her late husband Gerald Freeman, a Los Angeles geologist, discovered the place in the 1950s it was already a ghost town.
"The Gold Rush built this city". "The Green Rush can keep it moving the way people envisioned it years ago". Earlier this summer, after legalizing the recreational use of marijuana, the state of Nevada declared an emergency when their weed growers ran out of product to meet the rising demands of the public.