In a small desert town near the borders of Nevada and Arizona, locals hope marijuana will revitalize its economy.

At its peak, Needles, California was a tourist town along Route 66 with strong ties to the railroad industry.

In 2019, marijuana has taken the railroad industry's place.

“When [the railroad industry] left, we were dying and in a small community like Needles if you’re not growing you’re dying,” said Mayor Jeff Williams. 

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