Cannabis company aims to turn California ghost town into an oasis for weed lovers


A woman walks out of the Hotel Nipton in Nipton, Calif., on Aug. 3. (John Locher/AP)

Roxanne Lang likes to joke that Nipton, Calif., the tiny town her late husband bought decades ago, is “conveniently located in the middle of nowhere.”

Indeed Nipton is isolated, situated on the northern edge of a vast national park with little but 60 miles of desert between itself and Las Vegas, the nearest major city. Its permanent residents number about 20, and the only businesses are a general store, an Old West-style hotel and a coffee shop.

But where some may see a ghost town, others see a blank slate.

Nipton went up for sale last year with a $5 million price tag, and last week, Lang found a buyer: American Green Inc., one of the country’s leading makers of cannabis products.

The company, which announced the

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