From the ring to the weed farm is sure to be another interesting aspect of the legendary, Mike Tyson as the former heavyweight champion has become a contender in California’s booming marijuana industry.
California legalized licensed medical marijuana use years ago, but on Jan. 1st the state also legalized recreational weed, and Tyson is looking to become a major player as the 51 yr.-old former boxer, broke ground last month on a “cannabis resort” to be located in California City, a town in the Mojave Desert located about a two-hour drive from Los Angeles.
According to reports, for Tyson Holistic, the company that will operate the Tyson Ranch resort, which is also a short drive from Edwards Air Force Base, ‘taking care of men and women who have served in the armed forces is a top priority’.
A report suggest that cannabidiol, which is extracted from marijuana and does not bring the “high” that is associated with tetrahydrocannabinol, has been used by some veterans to treat cases of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD. It is also celebrated by advocates for its therapeutic properties.
Tyson Ranch plans to produce high quality products including THC and CBD as well as supporting research on the health benefits of marijuana. The ranch will reportedly be broken down as follows: 20 acres will be used for the cultivation of marijuana by “master growers,” while the property will also feature facilities to train growers and those interested in the industry. In addition, the ranch will offer an “edibles factory,” an amphitheatre and areas for “glamping,” according to The Washington Post.
During his boxing hay day, Tyson has admitted to using marijuana and even come clean about his cocaine addiction. In fact, his October 2000 win by technical knockout over Andrew Golota was reversed to “no contest” after the boxer tested positive for marijuana.
The 412-acre Tyson Ranch will also be the location for the one-day Kind Music Festival on February 23. Besides musical acts, festival goers of all ages will be able to enjoy food trucks, “chillville” with 100 speciality bean bags and an assortment of inflatable rides, mazes and more. Unfortunately, the one thing festival goers will not be able to purchase cannabis or cannabis products at the festival,
The city has for some time sought to boost its economy and not a few believe that by attracting marijuana-related companies, it is poised to achieve that as the Tyson Ranch as with similar others offer the potential of helping to revitalize the town.