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Malawi agriculture minister asks Mike Tyson to become ambassador of country’s cannabis crop

Nov 25, 2021
Per Vice, Malawi agriculture minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson asking him to become the ambassador of the country’s cannabis crop. This past August, members of the Malawi parl ...

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Boxing legend Mike Tyson reportedly has been invited to take part in yet another bout: serving as an official weed ambassador for Malawi, a country in southeastern Africa.

Per Vice, Malawi agriculture minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson asking him to become the ambassador of the country’s cannabis crop.

This past August, members of the Malawi parliament passed the Cannabis Regulation Bill of 2020. The bill “seeks to create new economic opportunities and build up foreign exchange base through the emergence of properly regulated medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp industries and value chains,” then agriculture minister Kondwani Nankhumwa said at the time.

As part of the new rules, the idea is to decriminalize “the cultivation, propagation, production, processing, storage, distribution and use of the cannabis plant for medicinal, industrial and scientific applications and usage.”

Low, now agriculture minister, apparently hopes to shake things up by having someone long known for marijuana to help make the country’s budding bud business grow, even if only for medical and industrial uses.

“Malawi may not go it alone as the industry is complex [and requires] collaboration. I would therefore like to appoint you, Mr. Mike Tyson, as Malawi’s Cannabis Branch ambassador,” Lowe notes in the letter, per the BBC.

The government’s hope is that backing from 55-year-old Tyson will “rope in some investors and even potential buyers,” agriculture ministry spokesman Gracian Lungu told the AFP news agency, according to the BBC.

Despite still being illegal recreationally, Malawi already has a namesake strain.

Traditionally grown by native Malawi tribes, Malawi Gold is considered one of the strongest sativas produced in Southeast Africa, The GrowthOp reported last year. Being a high-THC, pure sativa, its effects are uplifting, energetic and stimulating in a big way.

Tyson 2.0 is here https://t.co/mzGHVYo3jV pic.twitter.com/A9hZPSd3AT

— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) October 28, 2021

Tyson has become infamous for many weed-infused situations, including claiming to have smoked US$40K worth of weed a month, puffing before his exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. and being way too buzzed during a recent Hoxboxin’ podcast.

But the latest venture for the former world heavyweight champion falls decidedly in the business ring. He has partnered with Columbia Care to launch a new weed company called Tyson 2.0, with the idea being to provide retailers across the U.S. “with a suite of products designed to reach Mike Tyson’s national audience,” the company reports.

He has also been selling cannabis products since 2016 through his Tyson Holistic label, according to The Sun.

Iron Mike has also mentioned how certain substances have helped him over the course of his life. Recently, he noted: “Once I got introduced to the shrooms … my whole life changed,” adding he went from almost suicidal to happy now.

In past, Tyson has also said that smoking weed helped to improve his mental health and well-being, according to Yahoo! Finance.

While the world was abuzz about the invite and what Tyson would do, The Sun reports he has accepted his new role.

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