‘Potsylvania’: Cannabis company buys entire U.S. town (video)

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One of America’s largest cannabis companies has bought an entire town in the California desert town, according to an NBC report Thursday.

While the name Weed already exists as an old mill town in Northern California, many are wondering if the newly purchased town of Nipton will get a renaming. Possibly Potsylvania?

American Green Inc. announced this week it will be purchasing Nipton’s 80 acres of land, encompassing its local businesses, handful of houses, an RV park and an Old West-style hotel. Roxanne Lang, the town’s current owner, confirmed American Green is the buyer, despite the deal still being in escrow.

According to representatives of American Green Inc., the company’s operations for the mini city include transforming it into an old Gold Rush town that will be “an energy-independent, cannabis-friendly hospitality destination.”

Lang, along with her late husband, Gerald Freeman, priced Nipton, a town of barely two dozen people, at $5 million when they put it up for sale last year. What the town actually sold for in the deal with American Green Inc. has not been disclosed. Lang also believes her husband would find the prospect of Nipton turning into a pot paradise of the California desert amusing.

“I think he would find a lot of humor in that,” she chuckled. Lang explains that her husband’s Libertarian ideology Freeman would find marijuana usage acceptable. She also believes he would be in favor of the idea of green power and energy independence.

American Green’s ideas in terms of products to be sold and marketed at Nipton are rather atypical compared to standard marijuana dispensaries. A list of some of their ideas that will incorporate facets of energy independence:

  • Bottle and sell cannabis-infused water from the town’s aquifer.
  • Provide edibles from local manufacturers and other pot-industry businesses.
  • Outfit the popular destination to attract desert aficionados and fans of the Old West.

“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.”

However, Carl Cavaness, an employee at the hotel, were caught off guard by the sale of Nipton and its potential evolution into a tourist hotspot. “We like the quiet and solitude,” the 53-year-old handyman said, who hopes the new owners will let him and his wife stay.

Indeed, Nipton truly is an isolated town, which was bought in 1985 by Freeman. “I like to say it’s conveniently located in the middle of nowhere,” jokes Lang.

Tuesday, Democratic senator Corey Booker (N.J.), who is considered to be a possible contender in the 2020 presidential election, lauched an intoduction to his new bill, the Marijuana Justice Act, which calls for legalizing marijuana nationwide. Booker’s bill would also retroactively expunge the criminal records of people convicted on marijuana charges.

“When you see these marijuana arrests happening so much in our country, targeting certain communities — poor communities, minority communities — targeting people with an illness, targeting [disproportionately] our veterans, you see the injustice of it all,” Booker stated.


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