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Former boxing champ Mike Tyson gets into the marijuana business

Posted at 8:48 AM, Apr 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-15 18:45:42-04

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada's marijuana industry brought in more than half a billion dollars last year, and the latest to throw his hat into the ring is Mike Tyson.

He's teaming up with Planet 13 to exclusively sell his Tyson Ranch cannabis products.

"We aren't the normal dispensary, and we like to showcase that," said David Farris, marketing director of Planet 13.

The former professional boxer, who had a 22-year career, spoke with Action News about his new professional venture.

"It gets me off the obituates and off the heavy-medication drugs. Before I was just a mess. I was just a mess," Tyson explained.

"My boxing career, my body gave out of me. I had some trauma, psychological trauma," he said. "Getting involved with the cannabis, and the CBD, it took my life to another level from a health perspective, that is," Tyson told Action News.

Nevada is one of 11 states, along with the District of Columbia, with legal recreational weed. Gallup reported last year that two in three Americans now support legalization. And Tyson said his mission is to make cannabis universally understood.

"It's a no brainer. It's the future. It's going to work. There's nothing that anyone can do about it," Tyson said.

In addition to his products, Tyson is working on launching his 400-acre marijuana resort by the same name, Tyson Ranch, in California's Mojave Desert.