Plans for a Weed-Themed Town in the California Desert Have Environmental Experts Worried About Water – News

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After decades of economic toil under the desert sun, the town of Nipton on the edge of California’s Mojave Desert is ready for a facelift, and it’s all thanks to legal weed. Earlier this year, Arizona-based American Green  the largest publicly traded cannabis company in the United States  purchased the entire town, with plans to turn Nipton into America’s first and largest cannabis-themed resort destination. As more information trickles out and the Nipton remodel comes into focus, some California environmentalists are worried that the built-from-scratch tourist business could exacerbate the desert region’s already pressing public water problems.

According to an in-depth report from News Deeply, American Green will rely on Nipton’s groundwater to not only construct a fully-functioning town and cannabis cultivation operation, but also an infused bottled water business. To irrigate their crops, satiate the thirst of their guests, and fill bottles with CBD-infused water, the well-funded ganjapreneurs will be pulling from an ancient aquifer beneath the town.

While American Green representatives are confident that the…

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