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Heavy weight-weed champion of the world? Mike Tyson launches California cannabis farm

Mike Tyson has landed a blow for cannabis enthusiasts by breaking ground on a 40-acre marijuana farm in California.

The move by the former world heavyweight boxing champion comes hot on the heels of the state’s decision to legalize the drug for recreational use.

The Tyson Ranch, which will also have a research and development arm, is on a remote plot of desert land in California City, a town near Death Valley National Park, according to The Blast. Tyson was pictured at the plot alongside the city’s mayor Jennifer Wood as well as his business partners Robert Hickman and Jay Strommen.  

A video on The Blast shows Wood telling a crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony that the facility represents a “rebirth”for the city. “We have an industry that will provide medical cannabis to people in need. It will also provide jobs, revenue, income for people who live in our city,” she said.