California Ghost Town Goes To Pot


California is known for its ghost towns. It’s also known for cannabis. The gold rush and green rush have both brought an influx of jobs, people, and new ideals. Now, one company aims to combine these two into a cannabis attraction. How? They bought a ghost town.

American Green, an innovative cannabis tech and product company, has put down a rumored $5 million to purchase the town of Nipton, California. The company is most well known for creating cannabis vending machines, as well as a dispensary app. Established in 2009, American Green has now decided to break into another market: tourism.

Nipton was once a thriving gold mining community. It borders the Mojave desert, and a train track. Other than that, there’s just Nipton. Well, the gold dried up so did the town, and by the 2016 census the population of the little town had dwindled to six people.


A Second Chance 

Roxanne Lang, the current owner of Nipton (the sale is still in escrow), moved there in 1987 with her husband Gerald Freeman. They wanted to make it a self-sustaining, eco-friendly community. Unfortunately, after Freeman’s passing she hasn’t been able to keep that dream alive. That’s where American Green stepped in.

They’ve purchased the 80 acres including the town’s hotel, coffee shop, and bed and breakfast. All of these will be turned into cannabis friendly attractions of course. Along with the existing businesses, American Green plans to put in a wild west themed dispensary called, ‘The Apothecary’, and also plans to infuse and sell water from Nipton’s own supply.

They also hope to attract other businesses of course, aiming to create jobs, community, and commerce. This ghost town is about to be resurrected with the help of  Cannabis. Check out American Green’s website to see what they’re all about, and be sure to keep an eye out for one of the most unique cannabis attractions to come around!

August 9, 2017

by Shasta Nelson

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Shasta Nelson is a California Native and a cannabis connoisseur. She's been involved in the industry at every level since she was a teenager. Currently she provides content for Roottie, DOPE Magazine, and Terpenes and Testing. She's also a creative writer, with a graphic novel underway.


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