Mike Tyson has been a boxer, an actor, a monologuist, and an animated detective, but now it looks like the former heavyweight champion wants to take a bite out of California’s new legal weed game.
As of January 1, California is the sixth state to permit recreational use of marijuana and that legalization of marijuana just got a lot more interesting: former boxer Mike Tyson is planning to open a resort dedicated to the plant in California City.
Tyson and two business partners—Robert Hickman and Jay Strommen—have plans to build a massive “cannabis resort” on 40 acres of desert land in California City. The trio broke ground on the property back in December and are getting things rolling now that California has officially legalized marijuana.
Tyson’s name, of course, will brand the resort nestled in Southern California: it will be known as ‘Tyson Ranch’. 20 acres of the ranch will be used to craft “high-quality strains of THC and CBD,” and will include “glamping” campgrounds, cabins, an edible factory, extraction facility, a hydro-feed plant, and supply store. There will also be an educational school, the Tyson Cultivation school for2 those looking to get into the growing game themselves.
Basically, Tyson Ranch is a weed-lover’s amusement park. It’s no surprise that Tyson has honed in on his love of the drug: he admitted in his memoir he got high before his fights and was even fined for testing positive for the drug in 2000. When he was sentenced for cocaine possession in 2007, he admitted he also used cannabis at the time.
It seems like the rest of the Mojave Desert land, though, will earn Tyson Ranch its “resort” title. There will be “premium ‘glamping’ campgrounds and cabins” for people to stay in, an amphitheater for live music, and a factory for marijuana edibles.
The resort’s land isn’t far from Edwards Air Force Base, and the ranch will be staffed mostly by veterans and will be committed to helping those in the armed forces, as CBD, a marijuana compound that won’t get you high, has been used to treat PTSD.
California City’s mayor, Jennifer Wood, who was also at the December groundbreaking ceremony, said that Tyson Ranch could usher in a “rebirth” for her city.
There’s no word yet on a timeline for Tyson Ranch’s grand opening, but hopefully, when it’s finally up and running, Tyson will give a tour of the edibles factory like some kind of Willy Wonka of weed—he’s already got that purple jacket.