Mike Tyson to Build 40-Acre Cannabis Resort in California
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

Mike Tyson is taking full advantage of the Green Rush in California, which has officially lifted a state ban on recreational marijuana. The former heavyweight champ is opening a 40-acre marijuana resort in Southern California, called Tyson Ranch, that will produce high-quality strains of THC and CBD. The resort will also work to advance medical research and treatment of the plant through innovative technology, reports The Blast.

Last month, Tyson and his two business partners, Robert Hickman and Jay Strommen, broke ground on the plot of land located in a remote desert in California City, 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park. Twenty acres of land will be used to grow marijuana, allowing “master growers to have maximum control of their environment.” The other half of the multi-purpose ranch will be split into different sections to build a hydro-feed plant, supply store, extraction facility, edible factory, premium “glamping” campgrounds and cabins, and an amphitheater. The boxer also plans to build a Tyson Cultivation School that will teach growers the art of using tech to perfect their own strains.

Also present at the groundbreaking ceremony on Dec. 20 was California City Mayor Jennifer Wood, who personally thanked Tyson for his “commitment to the community.” She added that the industry “will provide medicinal marijuana to people in need” and generate “revenue and jobs” for locals.

The ranch is located near Edwards Air Force Base and the majority of the staff of the company that operates the ranch, Tyson Holistic, are veterans. The company says it will prioritize hiring other men and women who have served in the armed forces. According to Wood, Tyson’s weed ranch will usher in a “rebirth” for the entire city.

Tyson is not the only celebrity jumping into the Golden State’s Green Rush. Snoop Dogg’s marijuana-based content company, Merry Jane, recently collaborated with Jack in the Box to release a weed-themed combo meal called “Merry Munchie Meal.” The meal will be sold for one week in mid-January at three select restaurant locations in Long Beach.

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Selena Hill

Selena Hill is the Digital Editor at Black Enterprise and an award-winning multi-media journalist.


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