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posted by martyb on Sunday August 06, @08:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the Nipton-in-the-bud? dept.

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A 100-year-old ghost town founded during the California Gold Rush is being modernized for the "green rush" after a cannabis company purchased all the land, buildings and businesses for $5 million.

On Thursday, American Green, a marijuana technology company, announced they purchased a small town in San Bernardino County with the intention of turning it into the "the country's first energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination."

"The Cannabis Revolution that's going on here in the US, has the power to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century," David Gwyther, chairman and president of American Green, said in the announcement.

Located on the border of Nevada and California, the desert town of Nipton has a population of around 20 people, according to the Los Angeles Times. The town also comes with its own water supply, a general store, an RV park, a campground and a five-room hotel from 1904.


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  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 06, @08:59AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 06, @08:59AM (#549428)

    'Puff Puff Pass the Border' or 'Niptindabud' :)

    If they take care of the town and manage to successfully revitalize it as a tourist destination, good for them.

  • (Score: 2) by dltaylor on Sunday August 06, @09:51AM (1 child)

    by dltaylor (4693) on Sunday August 06, @09:51AM (#549436)

    Don't these fools understand that there is still a Gestapo-like organization active in the USofA? The only difference between them is the label attached to those that they persecute.

  • (Score: 2) by Pslytely Psycho on Sunday August 06, @11:51AM

    by Pslytely Psycho (1218) on Sunday August 06, @11:51AM (#549461)

    Oh, wait, that one's already taken.
    Biggest cottage industry in Weed, California seems to be t-shirts and apparel that says "I LOVE WEED" in large type and the word California in small type below it....

    Narrow viewpoint from only visiting the truck stops there!

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  • (Score: 2) by looorg on Sunday August 06, @12:57PM (2 children)

    by looorg (578) on Sunday August 06, @12:57PM (#549482)

    So they are building a weed-spa in the desert? While you do seem to get a lot I do wonder if the utilities are dimensioned for running a giant spa or resort. Perhaps it's easier to build and increase on what is there then to start fresh from nothing. Perhaps what they did buy is city/town rights and a location close to Arizona.

    You’ll get the wells, the hotel, the café, the general store, two houses, an RV park, solar panels, 80 acres and Jim Eslinger. “My price is $5 million, and the town comes with me,” said 60-year-old Eslinger, who manages the place.

    So is Eslinger going to be some kind of indentured servant or just someone that hangs around and talked about his day as a gold-digger?

    All that said it was an interesting article covering a few small townships or places out in the desert.

    • (Score: 2) by Gaaark on Sunday August 06, @01:52PM

      by Gaaark (41) Subscriber Badge on Sunday August 06, @01:52PM (#549508) Homepage Journal

      You get to watch him pick crap out from between his toes while he yells "Get off my desert!" at you.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 06, @05:14PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday August 06, @05:14PM (#549572)

      Maybe Eslinger is good at fingering plainclothes Feds/narcs? Seems like this pot town should have some kind of early warning system in place, as long as the Federal laws don't match the State laws.

      How to "out" a narc? Maybe some variant of pin the tail on the donkey...

  • (Score: 2) by drussell on Sunday August 06, @02:01PM (2 children)

    by drussell (2678) on Sunday August 06, @02:01PM (#549513) Journal

    Doed anyone know just what they got for their 5m dollars? Seems like a pretty good deal being right close to the state line there and not far from Vegas... I don't see anything about the actual amount of land that bought, only that there is about 120 acres developable but I don't see any details about what exactly the 5m included.

    • (Score: 2) by looorg on Sunday August 06, @05:30PM (1 child)

      by looorg (578) on Sunday August 06, @05:30PM (#549576)

      Doed anyone know just what they got for their 5m dollars?

      From the article it seems that for $5M you get a few wells, one hotel with a few rooms, one cafe, two houses of unknown size, one RV park of unknown size, an unknown quantity of solar panels (assume enough to run said buildings), 80 acres of land -- not know if said buildings and constructions already are on said land or if it is extra beyond what those things already occupy -- and finally one human male age 60 named Jim.

      Doubtful they bought the land for what is already on the land. I think they bought the land and the location for future development. What is currently on it will probably be bulldozed and replaced by a new and shiny spa - or whatever kind of tourist trap they want to build. I don't think the weed-connoisseurs are going to want to hang out in Jims hardware-store/cafe/hotel or RV-park. They probably want or demand something more or more high class to enjoy their weed.

      • (Score: 2) by captain normal on Monday August 07, @12:09AM

        by captain normal (2205) on Monday August 07, @12:09AM (#549697)

        I think someone got scammed out of $5M. The legalization of pot has started a land rush in rural areas of California. People are coming up with crazy ideas for cashing in on something that's about as easy to grow as tomatoes.
        Nevada also recently legalized marijuana. For now the distribution is handled by the liquor distribution industry. There is already a well established tourist destination in Primm, Nevada with large casinos, hotels, RV parks and restaurants. It's all right on HiWay I15.
        Just a few miles to the south off HiWay 40 are tourist destinations along the Colorado River, Laugalin and Riviera also with established casinos, hotels etc.
        So someone would really have to pour in some big bucks to build and promote something that's harder to get to from the LA area than the locations in Nevada.
        Nipton is next to Ivanpah dry lake which is best known for land sailing. I've heard some of those people are into a toke or two between races. But why go to Nipton when you can just carry your own. [] []

  • (Score: 3, Insightful) by maxwell demon on Monday August 07, @08:21AM

    by maxwell demon (1608) Subscriber Badge on Monday August 07, @08:21AM (#549826) Journal

    to completely revitalize communities in the same way gold did during the 19th century

    So, for a very short time, after which they turn into ghost towns again?

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