Mike Tyson has announced plans to bring his marijuana empire to the Caribbean with an annual conference in Antigua to match the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos.
The former heavyweight champion met Prime Minister Gaston Browne to discuss plans for an annual conference that began in April 2020 and a cannabis farm.
Tyson is a pioneer in cannabis tourism with its 420-acre Tyson Ranch in California, which will have a luxury hotel and golf course that guests can enjoy as they light up.
Iron Mike said he wanted Antigua and Barbuda to be a & # 39; powerhouse & # 39; for the factory and told reporters on September 20: & # 39; It will be good for the country and will raise much needed funds to help your economy. & # 39;
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Premier Gaston Browne and former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson at a press conference in St John & # 39; s, Antigua and Barbuda on September 20
Tyson is already a pioneer in cannabis tourism with its 420-acre Tyson Ranch in California, which will have a luxury hotel and golf course, along with bags of cannabis (photo: Tyson on a message from his Tyson Ranch Instagram page)
Antigua and Barbuda are still faltering from the hurricanes Irma and Maria in 2017 and relying on tourism money to rebuild the communities.
Sitting next to the hunter, Prime Minister Browne said: & (The conference) will be like the Davos of cannabis; it will take place annually and bring stakeholders around the world here in Antigua to discuss various options within the industry.
& # 39; We are very enthusiastic about that. They are also interested in setting up a hotel accommodation and they will look at a number of sites to determine their suitability. & # 39;
One of Tyson's colleagues said Antigua was chosen for its hospitality, beauty, location and history.
The boxer owns Tyson Holistic Holdings, which he created in 2016. In addition to building the ranch, it sells marijuana types, foodstuffs and merchandise.
After exploring the potential opportunities in Antigua and Barbuda, a concrete plan is drawn up between Tyson and the government.
Mike Tyson (second from the right) alongside the prime minister (center) and officials from Antigua and Barbuda to plan for & # 39; the Davos of Cannabis & # 39; to announce
He has broken ground at the Tyson Ranch near Desert Hot Springs with a luxury hotel, glamping tents, the longest lazy river in the world, and a music festival location (a view for the resort pictured above)
The proposal for the extended resort pictured above. The ranch, located near Desert Hot Springs and Palm Springs, will include a Tyson University to teach future farmers how to cultivate marijuana
& # 39; We have many tourists from Europe, especially the UK market, and we think this is a great idea that will help attract more and more visitors to our island who want to explore cannabis farms, & # 39; said a tourism official.
& # 39; Our number of tourists is declining and everything we can do to promote and help tourists should be welcomed.
& # 39; We rely heavily on tourism that helps create jobs for our people. We are grateful to Mike Tyson for his help. & # 39;
The ranch of Tyson in California broke in December 2017, but has yet to be completed.
Along with glamping tents and an amphitheater for concerts, there are plans for & # 39; the world's longest lazy river.
There will even be a Tyson University to teach future farmers how to grow cannabis.
& # 39; I thought about how much good I could do by helping people with cannabis. It was a no-brainer, & said Tyson in the business venture Cannabis Tech today.
Tyson pictured above on the huge ranch that broke terrain in 2017 and still needs to be built
He sells a range of high-quality varieties and marijuana merchandise such as this grinder and tray
After Tyson's boxing career, he has endured years of drug abuse and says cannabis has helped him out of his routine.
& # 39; It has changed his life. He is the perfect person, & # 39; said Tyson's business partner Rob Hickman about their partnership in an interview with GQ.
In October last year, the company had a full-fledged map plan for the expanded ranch, but it is not clear how much progress has been made.
Tyson says the vision is to inform the public and involve them in the healing properties of cannabis and CBD.
Participants may smoke anywhere in the park, except in areas where spirits are sold.
Despite becoming the head of a weed empire, Tyson does not actually grow or produce marijuana.
Tyson says weed saved him when he was dealing with serious substance abuse and that's why he founded his cannabis company in 2016 to make weed accessible
Instead, it is all sourced and inspected to meet its high standards and receives the Tyson seal of approval.
Its species must be grown indoors, harvested on an adult basis, cured for 30 days to guarantee natural flavornoids, naturally obtained, hand-trimmed, pesticide-free and laboratory tested, according to the Tyson Holistic website.
Tyson placed its lucrative name on various types of marijuana, extended to CBD dog treats and rub oil with hemp oil.
Although the resort has not yet fully come to life, Tyson has already rolled out music festivals on the site.
In February, hundreds of people gathered outside Palm Springs on the resort's site for the inaugural Child Festival where Miguel and A $ AP Ferg performed.
Revelers enjoyed smoking with Tyson, the music, and tasted what the future ranch would accommodate.
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