Fans of Mike Tyson all know that the boxing legend loves his weed. He has never been shy or secretive about his views on legalization. In fact, Tyson is a known advocate of using marijuana both recreationally and for medical purposes, but now, he is involving himself in the pot industry and looking forward to his entrepreneurial role, which became public knowledge on December 20 last year.
Recently, the former heavyweight-boxing champion invested in a 40-acre plot in the remote Californian desert. He has big plans for this land, which he intends turning into a marijuana resort that cultivates, in his own words to The Blast, “high quality strains of THC and CBD.” That is not all, however. Tyson also plans to implement “cutting-edge technology” that advances research into the health benefits of pot.
Marijuana in California is lucrative business, and now that recreational weed became officially legal on January 1, it is attracting investors in droves. The report states that Tyson has both Jay Strommen and Robert Hickman as business partners, who will help him make “Tyson Ranch” a reality. Although nobody knows when exactly the ranch will open officially, it is in an ideal location for marijuana cultivation.
Talking to The Blast, Hickman said that “undeveloped lands” in California City are “primed to be cultivated.” Without releasing any further details, however, a representative for Tyson confirmed his involvement in the project. On December 20, when Tyson and his partners broke the news, the mayor of California City publically thanked him for his commitment to the community.
Jennifer Wood, appointed to the position of mayor in 2014, believes that “Tyson Ranch” will provide residents with jobs, revenues and income, and at the same time, provide patients otherwise relying on marijuana dispensaries with another outlet to source their medication. That is not all, though. “Tyson Ranch” also plans to help veterans battling post-traumatic stress disorder and other medical conditions.
Located roughly 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park, near Edwards Air Force Base, and 110 miles north of Los Angeles, the resort will make catering to veterans of the armed forces a “top priority.” Tyson Holistic is the company that will be responsible for operating the resort, but representatives for California City had yet to reply to emails sent to them by the time of going to print.
Wood makes up for that slight, however. Echoing the sentiments of residents in the area, Wood spoke to Tyson directly, saying, “Thank you so much, sire, for your commitment to our community, and thank you for your great people that you have working with you. They are very, very community-minded.” Recreational marijuana in California became legal on New Year’s Day, making it possible for Tyson and other licensed growers to sell their crops in a legalized market.
Tyson’s love of weed is no secret. In “Undisputed Truth,” his memoir, he openly admits to using cannabis throughout his boxing career, and he has confessed as much publically, as well. Back in October 2000, Tyson tested positive for cannabis. Subsequently, officials changed his knockout win over Andrew Golota to “no contest,” but that is not the only controversy Tyson faced over his weed use.
Director James Toback tried to repair Tyson’s image by making him the subject of a documentary in 2008. Last year, Chile denied him entry into the country for a promotional event, with Chile’s International Police tweeting that he was not compliant with the country’s immigration laws. Speculation was rife it was because of a previous conviction, and the Washington Post ran the story.
After courts convicted Tyson of rape back in 1992, he spent three years in jail. His sentence was actually six years, but officials released him on parole in 1995. Despite his controversial history, Tyson has the potential to become a major player in California’s pot industry, rivalling even the most sophisticated marijuana dispensaries and cannabis resorts in the state.