August 5, 2017

A corporation buys a whole town in California, and the plan is to make it all about marijuana.

Here's the article, at NPR. The town is 80 acres big, on the border of the northeastern border of Mojave National Preserve, and 60 miles from Las Vegas. (Nevada has already legalized marijuana for recreational use, so the location is not interfering with the abstemiousness of a bordering state.)

It's not some cute hippie operation. The company,  American Green, is "the largest publicly traded cannabis company in the U.S.," plans to use the local aquifer in the manufacture of bottled water "infused with CBD, the cannabis component linked to relieving pain and inflammation."
And from there, American Green hopes to attract like-minded companies to set up shop — CBD and mineral baths, dispensaries, artist-in-residence programs, culinary events and bed-and-breakfasts — "to complete the charming small town experience."
So 80 acres that currently have next to nothing...




... will be built up with a bottling plant and then beautiful tourist-attracting places will arise. Somehow artists and foodies and spa people are considered like-minded to bottlers of drug-tainted water. Sorry. I think what you've got here is a big corporation that wants to make a lot of money tapping the aquifer and got NPR to do a puff piece on them — a puff the magic eco-tourism piece.

55 comments:

AReasonableMan said...

Make American Stoned Again(™)

Oso Negro said...

And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled.

buwaya said...

One of the few industries the ptb in California tolerate.

rhhardin said...

The Donner party brought cannabis to California.

MadisonMan said...

I do not want to visit a place full of stoners. But it would make a good comedy ca. 1995 starring Keanu Reeves.

I wonder how much CA Tax money is being thrown at the Corporation to do this.

buwaya said...

They would be busy driving the grape and wine industries out too, if it weren't such a large part of the bosses lifestyles.

rhhardin said...

Fracking can recover most of the marijuana from the ground water.

Laslo Spatula said...

Searchlight, Nevada is 21 miles away.

Searchlight, Nevada: A Living Ghost Town.

"George Frederick Colton, a prospector from Utah, stopped in Southern Nevada on his way to the Superstition Mountains in Arizona, where he hoped to find the legendary Lost Dutchman Mine. His plans quickly changed in 1897, when he discovered gold in Searchlight. Colton immediately established a mining claim and began excavating the incredibly lucrative Duplex Mine. Word of Colton's discovery spread, and in a few short years, Searchlight became a mining boom town."

The new Boomtown is coming.

I am Laslo.

Michael K said...

"And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled."

It's OK. Once California secedes there will be no problem with laws.

tcrosse said...

Now that recreational marijuana is legal in NV, there's the unresolved problem of what to do with all the money it brings in. It's a strictly cash business, and the banks won't touch it. The Casinos have the expertise to handle lots of cash, but they won't touch it, either. So there's lots of cash laying around, which is a temptation to mischief.

buwaya said...

The market is transient.
All older stoners.
The kid stoners arent going to travel for this, they are stuck to their screens and dont drive anyway.

Laslo Spatula said...

From Wiki on boomtowns:

"The University of Denver separates problems associated with a mining-specific boomtown into three categories:[2][3]

1.deteriorating quality of life, as growth in basic industry outruns the local service sector’s ability to provide housing, health services, schooling, and retail

2. declining industrial productivity in mining because of labor turnover, labor shortages, and declining productivity

3. an underserving by the local service sector in goods and services because capital investment in this sector does not build up adequately"

I don't think these are confined to mining.

I am Laslo.

Gahrie said...

And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled.

No..the sanctuary city laws trouble me greatly..but what can one man do?

Humperdink said...

Automobile assembly plants pop-up in the south, mind altering drug factories surface in Kalifornia. Seems fitting.

buwaya said...

There is, it seems, an opening for a specialized financial institution, able to use the risk as an opening to exact monopoly profits (the goal of the enterprise in any business strategy course).

Laslo Spatula said...

David & David: Welcome to the Boomtown.

So I say
I say welcome, welcome to the boomtown
Pick a habit
We got plenty to go around
Welcome, welcome to the boomtown
All that money makes such a succulent sound
Welcome to the boomtown

I am Laslo.

Michael K said...

"a specialized financial institution,"

Well, there is the Mafia and the Clinton Foundation.

Both qualify but the Clintons probably have a higher overhead, what with weddings and Yoga,

Humperdink said...

Let's see now:
> Manufacturing an illegal substance.
> Hire illegals as the workforce.
> Then go for the hat trick ....... make the 80 acre town a sanctuary city.

As an aside, I own 39 acres, 80 acres is not a large town. We would call it a village.

tcrosse said...

Well, there is the Mafia and the Clinton Foundation.

I'd go with the Mafia. The Clintons are a bunch of crooks.

buwaya said...

I was thinking of the Hong Kong Shanghai bank (HSBC)
They have form, as the British say.

Comanche Voter said...

I doubt that any of the other commenters on Althouse have actually visited Nipon California. I've been there, or passed through there a dozen times or so. I-15 is the big freeway from Los Angeles to Las Vegas and points north. But just before you get to the Nevada border, there's a cutoff--little two lane country "highway" that goes through the desert to Searchlight. From Searchlight, you can approach Las Vegas from the south. Nipon is on the road. The town has been for sale for years. I doubt that 20 people live in it. There's a cafe, but I've never found it open. There's a sort of desolate trailer park with some trailers parked in it. There's an old rail line that goes through the middle of the town, but I've never seen a train on it. It's 20 miles or so from the I-15 turnoff to Nipon--and maybe 15 miles to Searchlight. It's hot Mojave desert land--nothing like the cool forested marijuana plantations up in Humboldt County in Northern California.

A current post on Althouse laments the demise of the Oscar Mayer facility in Wisconsin; hey this is a new business opportunity for the folks in Nipon!

Bay Area Guy said...

It's not a bad idea. If this little experiment in a stonersville town works, it will attract people, grow and prosper. Vegas for potheads. And if doesn't, well, you can imagine the reasons why: lazy smelly potheads don't tend to be the industrious sort.

exhelodrvr1 said...

The water will be expensive there, but presumably there's enough of a profit margin. Eventually it is going to be legal everywhere - how long do marijuana plants live? Wondering if it will ever be practical to grow on a large scale in the Midwest, where they would have to plant new ones every spring.

exhelodrvr1 said...

The Niponese?

Come join us for a nip at the local joint!

Have a local joint and a nip at our watering hole!

Gahrie said...

Wondering if it will ever be practical to grow on a large scale in the Midwest, where they would have to plant new ones every spring.

It would be very easy to farm hemp which is a very useful and environmentally sound crop.

Bay Area Guy said...

It'll be like Telegraph Ave in Berkeley - but without the beautiful hills, beautiful Bay, and all those pesky students.

Far out, Man

Johanna Lapp said...

In a state legendary for near-constant drought, there is one aquifer with enough surplus water that we can bottle it and export it? And it's at the edge of the Mojave Desert?

How many gallons of water does ut take to grow a kilo of pot?

Ann Althouse said...

"And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled."

It bothers me a lot, but how can it be that American Green is a publicly traded company? It was only quite recently that news reports were saying that the dispensaries in Colorado would have trouble because they could not use banks.

It's reached a point now where it's impossible to understand how enforcement could begin. The business is too entrenched. It's rich people getting rich, not just weak people being weak.

Sebastian said...

"I think what you've got here is a big corporation that wants to make a lot of money tapping the aquifer." Next to the Mojave Preserve! A power-sucking pro-global-warming venture! Under the name American Green! We cynical conservatives are just not cynical enough about cynical prog shamelessness.

tcrosse said...

It's reached a point now where it's impossible to understand how enforcement could begin.

Sanctuary Cities set the precedent for local authorities to nullify Federal Law, do they not ?

Gahrie said...

not just weak people being weak.

Are people who consume beer, wine or spirits weak?

How about those that use caffeine?

Lyle said...

NPR will say anything for money.

Mountain Maven said...

Cali wants dope, they'll get dope. Makes me sick. A generation severely compromised by drugs and video games.

Clyde said...

Wasted away again in Marijuanaville..

Oso Negro said...

Blogger Ann Althouse said...
"And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled."

It bothers me a lot, but how can it be that American Green is a publicly traded company? It was only quite recently that news reports were saying that the dispensaries in Colorado would have trouble because they could not use banks.

It's reached a point now where it's impossible to understand how enforcement could begin. The business is too entrenched. It's rich people getting rich, not just weak people being weak.

8/5/17, 10:23 AM


I must presume that there are multiple means by which enforcement of Federal law could take place, and therefore I must conclude that there is broad acquiescence/collusion in the Federal government on this matter. This is obviously corrosive to the rule of law and, with things like the immigration enforcement charade, corrosive to the sense of being a nation of laws. What legal precedent is there for this? What legal precedent is established? What if Idaho wants to become a preserve for white people? Can they do that? By what logic would California and Colorado be in the clear on marijuana, while Idaho would be punished? What discussions have taken place at the Federal level and who decided not to enforce? I worry a lot more about this that I do any interaction between Trump and the Russians. The KGB in its glory could never have hatched such a diabolical plot as to revive nullification.

Feste said...

~
Has Trump security checked American Green to sniff whether it’s a front - or will become a front - for non-free-market MS-13? Who will be selling security in Nipton? Can O.J. get a probationary security job there? Is Nipton a part of the SAMSA that could affect Vegas property values?

"Things are evolving and the future is clear," Freeman told The New York Times in 2014. "It's just a question of how soon we can get there."

Clarity is never clearer than when the hidden variables are unobserved.

Mark said...

With everything else going the way it is in this culture, we should not be surprised at the acceptance and glorification of the drug dealer.

Bad Lieutenant said...

Under the name American Green! We cynical conservatives are just not cynical enough about cynical prog shamelessness.
8/5/17, 10:41 AM


You're right, it will probably be hugely polluting and is probably owned by the Chinese or maybe Putin.

FullMoon said...

Legal marijuana? BFD..

Anybody high on weed slaughter the whole family? Have a standoff with SWAT team? More likely alcohol involved in violence tham MJ.

Always going to be some who are addicted to something, booze, mj, meth, heroin, painkillers. Some whose addiction renders them useless, some who are functional addicts.

mockturtle said...

CDB may be effective for some but the people I know that have used it were not helped by it. Still, there's no reason not to develop the product if it helps some. It's pretty pricey right now, as I understand it. At first, I couldn't figure how they could grow marijuana in the desert but they will use an aquifer.

FullMoon said...

AND, I still want to know of one single incidence of a person giving up their pain meds prescription in favor of MJ.

mockturtle said...

Comanche voter supposes: I doubt that any of the other commenters on Althouse have actually visited Nipon California.

I've been through Nipton [not Nipon] several times in my biannual quest to avoid Las Vegas heading north or south. Usually I take the Lake Mead route. Searchlight is a speed trap you definitely want to avoid. Trust me.

I enjoy the Extraterrestrial Highway and just about any good road less traveled. Nevada's two-lane highways are excellent!

mockturtle said...

AND, I still want to know of one single incidence of a person giving up their pain meds prescription in favor of MJ.

I have known people on chemotherapy whose nausea and loss of appetite were greatly helped by MJ or THC-containing medications.

FullMoon said...

I have known people on chemotherapy whose nausea and loss of appetite were greatly helped by MJ or THC-containing medications.

8/5/17, 12:51 PM


I accept that. I am asking for proof that MJ works as a painkiller. Pain enhancer more likely.

donald said...

I was on that road last summer Mr Comanche Voter. I had a few days and was driving from Rancho to Vegas. Just before I got to the border I saw the turn (To the right). I figured what the hell, Summerlin was thataway. It looked like crossing the valley was a few miles. It wasn't, and seeing as all I had was a little less that a quarter tank a couple of beers, I was freaking out when I finally got to some little townlet where gas was only about $6.75 per gallon and I by then had no beers. When I got to Summerlin, about 3:30 in the afternoon, I thought, what a dump and continued on back to I-10 somehow and headed straight to Palm Springs. Where a man with a full head of hair, a few bucks and a southern drawl can do a little damage. IYKWIMAITYD.

donald said...

It absolutely takes the soreness out of my aching creaking body.

Rabel said...

If your broker lets you trade on the OTC market you can pick a cool one million shares of American Green for $1600. Before the Nipton announcement that would have cost only $1100 so you might have missed an opportunity.

AG isn't exactly in what you might call the money making business.

mockturtle said...

Oso Negro laments: And the defiance of Federal Law leaves no one troubled.

If California cared about Federal Law, they wouldn't have so many sanctuary cities.

Bad Lieutenant said...

FullMoon said...
I have known people on chemotherapy whose nausea and loss of appetite were greatly helped by MJ or THC-containing medications.

8/5/17, 12:51 PM

I accept that. I am asking for proof that MJ works as a painkiller. Pain enhancer more likely.
8/5/17, 12:56 PM


Two words: back pain. Beats Flexeril hollow.

heyboom said...

The new Boomtown is coming.

I am Laslo.


Wouldn't that be more like Choomtown?

eric said...

Soon to all be seized by the US Government.

lgv said...

As of right now, CBD water is regulated by both the FDA and DEA. We have been asked to make CBD containing products. The current answer is a clear no. Any CBD product (which has nothing to do with THC) will not cross state lines legally. The other issue, which has nothing to do with marijuana, is that the beneficial claims of using the oil are all drug claims, and have never been approved by the FDA. It's no different than snake oil until it is clinically proven to be safe and effective.

Chuck said...

What a weird, unfounded takeaway from Althouse; that "a big corporation ... got NPR to do a puff piece on them..."

This story ran in Bloomberg News, the Guardian, circa.com, otc.com, Fortune.com, etc., before NPR aired a story.

The notion that a big corporation can "get" a news organization to do a story for that corporation's interest (buying, bribing, whatever) is a particularly noxious one for news professionals and I am astonished that Althouse would toss out such a charge so casually, with so little evidence.

JAORE said...

Wondering if it will ever be practical to grow on a large scale in the Midwest, where they would have to plant new ones every spring.

The COE planted hemp in the midwest (perhaps elsewhere as well) during WWII over the fear of the fall of Manilla, source of hemp.

Still grows there, happily, on its own. I drove a bull dozier through a field of it back in the day. Didn't seem to affect the dozier.

FWIW, I understood the Fed law on MJ included a stiff tax. I'd laugh if Colorado, Cali and others had the Capone treatment -even though I am pro-legalization.

Bad Lieutenant said...

The notion that a big corporation can "get" a news organization to do a story for that corporation's interest (buying, bribing, whatever) is a particularly noxious one for news professionals and I am astonished that Althouse would toss out such a charge so casually, with so little evidence.


Please, Chuck, don't embarrass yourself.