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Mike Tyson in fresh burst of Canna publicity

Iron Mike Tyson is loved by UK media which has been reporting avidly on his cannabis business. Now he has defended his use of cannabis, saying he would be an “overweight pig” who “wouldn’t know how to get on a treadmill” without it. Tyson opened a “cannabis ranch last year” and is pushing it to UK tourists as part of World Travel Market in London next week.

The 53-year-old former world boxing champion hit headlines earlier this month when he announced plans to set up a second cannabis “Ranch” in the Caribbean as a playground for stoners. It will feature a luxurious hotel, music festivals and a golf course set in 420 acres

He revealed he and pals get through around ten tons of weed a year, according to one newspaper — $40,000 worth of pot every month.

The 52-year-old also sells around $500,000 worth of cannabis each month from his 420-acre ranch in California, he said on his Hotboxin’ podcast on Monday.

There will even be a Tyson University to teach cannabis-cultivation techniques to future farmers.

Attendants will be allowed to smoke anywhere in the park, except for areas where liquor is sold.

Despite becoming the head of a weed empire, Tyson doesn’t actually grow or produce any of the marijuana himself.

Instead it’s all sourced and inspected to reach his high standards and is given Tyson’s seal of approval.

His strains must be cultivated indoors, harvested based on maturity, cured over 30 days to ensure natural flavornoids, naturally derived, hand trimmed, pesticide-free and lab tested, according to the Tyson Holistic website.

‘We’re not burdened with bad crops. We’re not burdened with legalities. We’re selling paper. Packaging. And market share,’ he said.

Tyson’s put his lucrative name on various strains of marijuana, expanded into CBD dog treats, and hemp-oil muscle rub.

Host and former NFL star Eben Britton asks: “Do you think professional athletes should be able to use cannabis as a way to heal the body and relax”

The drug became a prescription medicine last November in Britain.

It remains illegal for recreational use – but is allowed in 11 US states.

And the 53-year-old answers with a defence for cannabis.

“I’m talking from my experience only,” Tyson says.

“I think it’s a good idea.

“It is a healing process that you have to go through.

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