What substance has been proven to reduce anxiety and stress, mitigate pain, potentially contribute to the healing of dozens of illnesses, and is responsible for 0 deaths in over 3,000 years? You guessed it: cannabis. Because the herb contains medicinal properties, former professional boxer Mike Tyson intends to build a 400-acre resort that is cannabis-centric.
GQ Magazine reports that the Tyson Ranch will compliment Tyson’s cannabis company Tyson Holistic Holdings. The company was founded in 2016 and sells marijuana strains, edibles, and merchandise. Though vacationers won’t be able to buy marijuana products at the resort, they will be allowed to smoke anywhere on the Californian plot.
The Tyson Ranch will include a festival venue, the world’s longest lazy river (which will apparently take an hour to float down), and even a lavish hotel. The latter is reportedly already in the beginning stages of construction.
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Yesterday afternoon the Illinois House passed HB 1438 to legalize cannabis for adults 21 and older on a 66 to 47 vote. The bill had already passed the Senate and just needs Gov. Pritzker’s signature to become law. Gov. Pritzker has said he’ll sign the bill, stating: “The state of Illinois just made history, legalizing adult-use cannabis with the most equity-centric approach in the nation. This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance.” “In the interest of equity and criminal justice reform, I look forward to signing this monumental legislation,” Gov. Pritzker tweeted this afternoon. Adults 21 and older can legally hold up to a 30-day supply of cannabis (one ounce), and tourists can legally hold 15 grams. Those with past convictions for possession of less than 30 grams of cannabis can get their records cleared.
As if a luxury cannabis resort isn’t enough, Tyson also intends to launch Tyson University to teach visitors how to grow cannabis. He hopes marijuana and hemp enthusiasts leave with the confidence and skillset to begin growing their own herb. Finally, Tyson intends to use the ranch for “research purposes” as he becomes even more invested in the industry.
Metro reports that work began on the ranch located near Desert Hot Springs in 2017. In an interview with Cannabis Tech Today, Tyson revealed his vision. He said, “I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no brainer.” Soon, the idea will become a reality.
When he’s not building his cannabis empire, Tyson hosts the podcast Hotboxin. Recently, Tyson appeared on Good Morning Britain as a guest. He gave a weed-themed goody bag from his ranch to Piers Morgan, who later wrote in his column: “Whatever your side of the debate about marijuana – I view it as less dangerous than alcohol or cigarettes – I’ve never seen a happier, calmer Mike Tyson.”
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