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Cannabis company buys town to create 'marijuana mecca'

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Daniel Uria
Arizona-based cannabis company American Green Inc. purchased the town of Nipton, California with the hopes of constructing a marijuana-friendly tourist destination.
 Photo: Atomazul/Shutterstock
Arizona-based cannabis company American Green Inc. purchased the town of Nipton, California with the hopes of constructing a marijuana-friendly tourist destination. Photo: Atomazul/Shutterstock

Aug. 4 (UPI) -- One of the largest cannabis companies in the United States bought an entire town in hopes of constructing a "marijuana mecca."

Arizona-based company American Green Inc. announced it purchased the town of Nipton, Calif., with plans to convert the area into a marijuana-friendly tourist outpost.

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"We thought that showing that there was a viable means of having a cannabis-friendly municipality and further making it energy independent could be a way of really inspiring folks to say, 'Why can't we do that here?'" project manager Stephen Shearin told Bloomberg.

The company purchased the 120-acre property, which includes a general store, a hotel, a school building and mineral baths, for about $5 million and plans to spend an additional $2.5 million to improve the town's infrastructure and expand the solar energy plant.

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.

"If you're outside on your porch, you will not have to worry about the local constabulary swinging by to give you a ticket," he told USA Today. "It will be cannabis-friendly first, but there will be appropriate policies in place."

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Plans for the town include a facility to produce and bottle water infused with CBD, a cannabis component that does not produce a "high," as well as CBD-infused mineral baths, cannabis stores and artist-in-residence programs.

"The Gold Rush built this city." Shearin said. "The Green Rush can keep it moving the way people envisioned it years ago."

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