A Pot Oasis in San Bernardino County? Not So Fast.
Always read the fine print, especially before purchasing an entire town for $5 million.
It appears that a company’s plans to turn a remote San Bernardino County town into a marijuana tourism mecca may go up in smoke.
Earlier this month, Arizona-based American Green announced it purchased the entire California town of Nipton for about $5 million to make it a hub of cannabis production mixed with bed-and-breakfast lodging and attractions like mineral baths.
“People think San Bernardino County is the Wild West and they can do what they want.” — Lt. Sarkis Ohannessian
The problem is that a county ordinance for unincorporated areas, including Nipton, bars all sales, distribution and production of cannabis, overriding the state’s recent move to legalize recreational marijuana.
The move seems so bone-headed that some are wondering whether this was all a publicity stunt for the company.
Not so, says its project manager Stephen Shearin. His company was aware of the county ordinance but always suspected it could make a deal, he says.
“We can’t grow cannabis there under that strict reading under that statute,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean it will never happen or never happen soon.”
Don’t hold your breath.