In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, a grower holds a marijuana plant, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Police in Uruguay have detained a man for growing too much marijuana after seizing 42 plants they found in his apartment. The case could become the first in which a judge determines what to do when people violate the six-plant home-growing limit. The judge could also decide how to deal with plants grown before the licensing system is launched next year.

A weed company bought a town in California for $5 million

$5 million

Weed firm American Green bought the town of Nipton, California, for $5 million. It plans to invest $2.5 million more to turn it into a pot paradise.

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In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, a grower holds a marijuana plant, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Police in Uruguay have detained a man for growing too much marijuana after seizing 42 plants they found in his apartment. The case could become the first in which a judge determines what to do when people violate the six-plant home-growing limit. The judge could also decide how to deal with plants grown before the licensing system is launched next year.
$5 million

Founded in 2009, American Green launched a weed vending machine capable of checking the age of the buyer. The company also makes other products, like pot vape juice.

In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, a grower holds a marijuana plant, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Police in Uruguay have detained a man for growing too much marijuana after seizing 42 plants they found in his apartment. The case could become the first in which a judge determines what to do when people violate the six-plant home-growing limit. The judge could also decide how to deal with plants grown before the licensing system is launched next year.
$5 million

Now, the company is planning to transform the small town into a tourist destination for weed smokers. Nipton has less than 100 people and is located close to the Mojave desert.

In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, a grower holds a marijuana plant, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Police in Uruguay have detained a man for growing too much marijuana after seizing 42 plants they found in his apartment. The case could become the first in which a judge determines what to do when people violate the six-plant home-growing limit. The judge could also decide how to deal with plants grown before the licensing system is launched next year.
$5 million

It has a hotel, a coffee shop, a solar energy plant, and a couple of homes. American Green plans to open a Wild West-themed dispensary called The Apothecary.

In this Nov. 14, 2012 file photo, a grower holds a marijuana plant, in Montevideo, Uruguay. Police in Uruguay have detained a man for growing too much marijuana after seizing 42 plants they found in his apartment. The case could become the first in which a judge determines what to do when people violate the six-plant home-growing limit. The judge could also decide how to deal with plants grown before the licensing system is launched next year.
$5 million

It also wants to attract other businesses and create an environment that is friendly to weed smokers.

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