Mike Tyson To Open Cannabis Resort In California Desert

By Victoria Kim 01/03/18

Tyson Ranch will house facilities for growing and researching cannabis, and offer luxe campgrounds for guests.

Mike Tyson

Mike Tyson is bringing the “Green Rush” to a small city in the Mojave Desert that’s been anticipated as California rolls out its new cannabis law across the state. The world heavyweight champion arrived in late December with plans to build a 40-acre “cannabis resort.”

California City Mayor Jennifer Wood sees the massive venture as a boon for the desert city of 13,000 people, The Blast reports. She said that Tyson Ranch will be a “rebirth” for the city, which will house facilities for growing and researching cannabis, and offer luxe campgrounds for guests—which The Blast refers to as “glamping,” or glamor camping. 

Other features of Tyson Ranch include a hydro-feed plant and supply store, extraction facility, edible factory, amphitheater, and the Tyson Cultivation School. 

The boxing great broke ground on Tyson Ranch on December 20 alongside Mayor Wood and his other business partners Jay Strommen and Robert Hickman. The date of its grand opening has yet to be determined.  

California became the sixth state to legalize cannabis in November 2016. The law went into effect on Monday, January 1st, as licensed retailers were met with long lines of customers “long before opening hours,” as CNN reported.

Under California’s law, adults 21 and older can possess up to one ounce of cannabis and can grow up to six plants.

However, Los Angeles and San Francisco, California’s largest cities, sat out on the January 1st sales, as its licensing systems have not yet been established.

California City officials are hopeful that Tyson Ranch, located near Edwards Air Force Base, will create jobs for locals, especially military veterans. The Blast reports that veterans account for the majority of people employed by Tyson Holistic, the company that will be running the ranch. Creating opportunities for veterans is a “top priority” for the company.

California’s legal cannabis industry is expected to dwarf the legal cannabis industry of the entire United States, which is valued at $6.6 billion as of 2016; California’s market is projected to hit $7 billion “in a few years,” according to New Frontier Data.

Massachusetts is scheduled to begin retail sales of cannabis on July 1. So far Maine has not set a date for when it will launch its retail cannabis market.

According to the Mises Institute, 63 million Americans now live in states where cannabis is legal for recreational use, not just medical use. Meanwhile, cannabis remains in Schedule I, a federal classification that also includes LSD and heroin, and defines cannabis as having "no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse."

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