Marijuana retailer buys 12-acre Mendocino County tract to open cannabis museum


The Real Goods Solar Living Center in Hopland, a lush 12-acre pitstop along Highway 101 showcasing sustainable and off-the-grid living, was sold to Flow Kana cannabis company.

Flow Kana acquired the 12-acre property from John Schaeffer, Solar Living Center founder and a pioneer in the solar energy movement, for an undisclosed price. The property in Mendocino County’s southernmost town has lured about 200,000 visitors a year into its solar demonstration sites and gardens since its opening in 1996.

Michael Steinmetz, Flow Kana co-founder and CEO, said he plans to revamp the property and eventually add a visitors center and cannabis museum while keeping the original mission to teach people about sustainable living.

“We want this site to hold dear and true the values of (Mendocino) county and showcase that and share those,” Steinmetz said. “We’d love this to be the first stop for cannabis tourism at large where people can find out about hotels, hikes, rivers, trails. The idea is for them to be able to experience and learn what they can do in the region.”

For more than 50 years, cannabis and the back-to-the land movement have been defining features of

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