Can Marijuana Finally Turn This Remote Mojave Outpost Into a Boom Town?

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Gerald Freeman struggled for three decades to transform this desolate Mojave Desert outpost into a 21st century mecca for nature lovers and prospectors, spending more than $1 million on restoration, shade trees, organic farming projects and gleaming solar panels.

Carl Cavaness and Kiera Freeman joke around outside the trading post in Nipton. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)
Carl Cavaness and Kiera Freeman joke around outside the trading post in Nipton. (Credit: Marcus Yam / Los Angeles Times)

He wasn’t the first.

Nipton had cycled through seven private owners before the Caltech-trained geologist bought the town for $200,000 — all of them believing that a renaissance was at hand for the torrid community composed of a store, a five-room hotel and a handful of homes about 10 miles from Interstate 15 and two miles west of the Nevada state line.

Now, with the legalization of recreational marijuana in California and the recent sale of Nipton to a cannabis company for $5 million, it seems the historic mining camp’s time has finally come.

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