By The Blast and Washington Post
Mike Tyson is starting the New Year with green on his mind, because he’s leading the charge on a cannabis resort that aims at not only producing high quality strains of THC and CBD, but also implementing cutting-edge technology to advance the research on the health benefits of marijuana.
World media this week went to town about the report, which quoted The Blast saying that the former world heavyweight champion broke ground on a 40-acre plot of land in California City, a remote desert about 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. He was joined by business partners Robert Hickman, Jay Strommen and also California city mayor Jennifer Wood.
Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days. He won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. He won the WBC title in 1986 after stopping Trevor Berbick in two rounds, and added the WBA and IBF titles after defeating James Smith and Tony Tucker in 1987.
This made Tyson the first heavyweight boxer to simultaneously hold the WBA, WBC and IBF titles, and the only heavyweight to successively unify them.
Hickman told The Blast that the “Undeveloped lands are primed to be cultivated” and Tyson Ranch will be an oasis in the desert.
California City is expecting a big boom in cannabis production and development as the “Green Rush” hits California now that marijuana is officially legal as of midnight.
The Blast was told that Tyson Ranch will be dedicating 20 acres of their land for cultivation facilities that “will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment.” There will also be a Tyson Cultivation School to teach growers the latest and greatest ways to perfect their own strains.
Tyson confessed to using dagga extensively during his boxing career
Tyson has spoken in the past about using marijuana extensively during his boxing career, as well as having been addicted at times to cocaine. His October 2000 win by technical knockout over Andrew Golota was subsequently changed to “no contest” after Tyson tested positive for marijuana.
Tyson Ranch will reportedly set aside 20 acres for the cultivation of marijuana by “master growers,” while the property will also feature facilities to help the growers and those interested in becoming one. In addition, the ranch will offer an “edibles factory,” an amphitheater and areas for “glamping”.
Along with growing high-grade cannabis, Tyson Ranch will feature a Hydro-feed plant and supply store, extraction facility, edible factory, premium “glamping” campgrounds and cabins and an amphitheater.
Tyson has been a longtime believer in the healing properties of marijuana, and his ranch will work to improve the medical research and treatment of the plant. CBD — a cannabis compound with no psychoactive properties — has been proven as an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant and antipsychotic agent. It has been used to treat PTSD, as well.
The Blast was told that the company that operates the ranch, Tyson Holistic, is comprised mainly of veterans, and says taking care of men and women who have served in the armed forces is a top priority.
The ranch is located near Edwards Air Force Base and aims at creating lots of jobs, as well as connect with and give back to the community. The mayor described the business venture as a “rebirth” for the entire city.
Tyson has already started locking up branding for his new venture, “Iron Mike Genetics” was just trademarked for use on the ranch as well.
Mike Tyson has already started locking up branding for his new venture, “Iron Mike Genetics” was just trademarked for use on the ranch as well.
Tyson reigned as the undisputed world heavyweight champion and holds the record as the youngest boxer to win a heavyweight title at 20 years, 4 months and 22 days. He won his first 19 professional fights by knockout, 12 of them in the first round. Photo: Reuters
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