WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson is transforming a 40-acre land in California City into a marijuana farm, according to The Blast.
- The ex-world boxing champion will use half of the property to grow weed, while the other half will be dedicated to other marijuana operation facilities.
- The news came after recreational marijuana was legalized in California on New Year’s Day.
Mike Tyson became the youngest heavyweight world champion in boxing history in 1986 at 20 years old. He was even nicknamed “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” After his retirement from boxing, he accepted bit roles in TV shows and movies and performed at boxing shows in different Las Vegas casinos.
In 2000, Tyson was fined $200,000 for testing positive for marijuana after his fight against Andrew Golota in Detroit.
In his 2013 memoir, titled Undisputed Truth, he confessed to getting high before major fights, tricking official testers by using a fake penis with clean urine.
“I had to use my whizzer, which was a fake penis where you put in someone’s clean urine to pass your drug test,” he admitted.
“Iron Mike” also said he was smoking pot when he was busted for cocaine possession in 2007. He was sentenced just 24 hours in jail for that crime.
He spent less than three years in jail for raping an 18-year-old woman in 1991. His sentence was six years.
Half of the 40-acre Tyson Ranch will be dedicated to growing marijuana. The other half will be used as a hydro-feed plant and supply store, an extraction facility, an “edible factory”, premium “glamping” camping ground and cabins and an amphitheater.
Another highlight is the Tyson Cultivation School that will educate growers with new and innovative ways of cultivating their own weeds.
In a video reported by TheBlast.com, California City Mayor Jennifer Wood thanked Tyson for his commitment to the community. She also said the industry will provide medical marijuana to people in need, and revenue, jobs, and income for Californians.