MIKE TYSON earned a mint as a boxer, film star and most recently a public speaker, but it’s his latest transformation as a drug dealer that could set him up for life.
The former heavyweight champ, famous for delivering a knockout punch, has been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label that are as potent as one of his uppercuts.
Mike Tyson has built his own cannabis empireCredit: Instagram
The former heavyweight champ has been in the weed business since 2016Credit: Instagram
Tyson is building a luxury resort for cannabis-usersCredit: Instagram
Tyson, 54, is believed to earn around £500,000-per-month through his business that offers premium marijuana strains, edibles and extracts, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
‘Iron Mike’ is building a 418-acre weed-themed holiday resort he hopes will be home to a music festival to rival Coachella, as well as the world’s longest lazy river.
And aside from a luxury hotel and the lure of ‘glamping’ tents, there will be a Tyson University on site that will aim to teach cannabis cultivation tips to wannabe farmers.
After years of substance abuse with drugs including cocaine, Tyson – set to return to boxing against Roy Jones Jr in November – found comfort in marijuana, which is legal in California.
It made him, as he’s the first to admit, a much calmer person.
It encouraged him to partner up with businessman Rob Hickman four years ago, who pointed out what a difference weed has made to the ex-boxer’s life.
“It changed his life,” he told GQ. “He’s the perfect person.”
Buoyed by his discovery, Tyson also knew if it could aid him, then others would see the benefits too.
After years of substance abuse Tyson turned to marijuanaCredit: Refer to Caption
Smoking marijuana changed Tyson’s life and made him a calmer personCredit: Instagram
Tyson hopes to promote health and wellness with CBD productsCredit: Instagram
Edibles are also available on the Tyson Holistic website
He told Cannabis Tech Today: “I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis… it was a no brainer.”
Tyson Holistic’s goal is to engage in the debate of the healing properties of cannabis, and its ingredient CBD.
His company produces a CopperGel product, infused with CBD, that is clinically proven to provide relief from muscle joint pain and arthritis, as well as CBD doggy treats.
Tyson also invested his dough in CHILL, a company that makes CBD alkaline water.
He believes that CBD can help fight opiate addiction.
Tyson explained: “I’ve been fighting for over 20 years, and my body has a lot of wear and tear.
“I had two surgeries and I used marijuana to calm my nerves, and it would take the pain away…
“But before, they had me on those opiates, and those opiates had me all screwed up.”
On a recent episode of his Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson podcast, he revealed that Tyson Holistic makes around £500,000.
However he also confessed to smoking £40,000 of his own supply EVERY month.
In 2018, Tyson revealed his bold plan to expand his weed empire to a cannabis-themed theme park.
A map of the elaborate Tyson Ranch, built over 418-acres, showed off what punters can expect.
Tyson oversees plans for his elaborate ranchCredit: Instagram
The Tyson Ranch will be built across 418-acres
Tyson oversees the land where his planned expansion will be built in Desert Hot SpringsCredit: Instagram / @tysonranchofficial
Described as the ‘wonderland of weed’, guests will be able smoke marijuana anywhere within the resort, except where alcohol is sold.
But rather than be a hotspot for spring breakers looking to get high, it’ll be a holiday destination that promotes health and wellness.
Weed will not be grown on the premises, only sold, as Tyson takes advantage of his partnerships with big marijuana retail companies.
Customers can opt to stay in the confines of a luxury hotel, or go for a upscale camping set-up.
The Tyson Ranch will also boast the world’s longest lazy river – a water ride that usually starts in a shallow pool and flows towards a river at a slow current, allowing guests to ride along on a raft.
If you were thinking this was a Walter White/Jesse Pinkman Breaking Bad-style operation, you’d be wrong.
Despite being head of a weed empire, Tyson doesn’t actually grow any of the marijuana himself.
According to the Tyson Holistic website, it is sourced and inspected to reach his high-standards before it is given his seal of approval.
He insists that his strains are grown indoors, harvested based on maturity, cured over 30 days to ensure natural flavornoids, naturally derived, hand trimmed, pesticide-free and lab tested.
Although Mike Tyson has built a weed empire he doesn’t grow it himself
All the products are given Tyson’s seal of approval before he sells themCredit: Instagram
Hickman revealed: “We’re not burdened with bad crops. We’re not burdened with legalities. We’re selling paper. Packaging. And market share.”
In February 2019, Tyson used his ranch to house a small pop-up music extravaganza he called the Kind Music Festival as a sign of things to come.
He walked around the site, greeting revellers, who enjoyed acts including Miguel and A$AP Ferg.
Of course, punters were allowed to smoke the reefer and they could watch the performers in comfortable bean bags placed around the field.
And if you had the ‘munchies’, there were plenty of food trucks dotted around the ranch, although only a small fraction the size of a football-pitch was used.
“Mike Tyson’s building a whole ranch out here, y’all!’ It’s gonna have the world’s longest lazy river! This s*** is serious!’ the festival DJ shouted at the crowd before the party started.
He got that right.
Last year Tyson launched the Be Kind FestivalCredit: Instagram
The event was a success and Tyson is hoping to one day rival the nearby Coachella music festivalCredit: Instagram
Earlier this year, Tyson revealed he smokes about £40,000 worth of cannabis a month
Mike Tyson releases dance track for Roy Jones Jr fight with crazy vid and ‘lend me your ears or I’ll eat them’ lyrics More