The former champ recently announced plans to build Tyson Ranch, a Disneyland for dopers. NatuRx caught up with him to learn how the “Baddest Man on the Planet” got into a business selling a substance that makes people gentle and non-combative.
NatuRx: How’d you get into the weed business?
Mike Tyson: A few years ago, I was shooting a martial arts flick and wound up in a Thai prison…
NRx: Okay, wow. I didn’t expect it to get this weird this fast.
MT: I started talking about weed with the producer. He conjured up the idea for Tyson Ranch. It was a no-brainer.
NRx: Tyson Ranch will be huge, with a luxury hotel on 400 acres, an amphitheater, and the world’s longest lazy river. Are you trying to build the Disney World of weed?
MT: We’re gonna be bigger than Disney World. I want to create another lifestyle for the world to indulge in, something they’ve never seen before. But it’s all about health and wellness.
NRx: You’ve admitted to smoking during your boxing career. Isn’t weed the worst thing to ingest when your job is smacking people senseless?
MT: What? No, no, no! Weed attacks your brain and nerve cells, and once it attacks, [your brain] is fluent, it flows. You know what I mean?
NRx: I don’t have the slightest idea. Your brain gets fluent?
MT: Have you ever smoked before?
NRx: Oh yes, many times.
MT: So you know how weed can put you in that mood of acceleration? When you smoke, don’t you say, “There’s something that needs to be done”?
NRx: Like order a pizza?
MT: No, no! You don’t know what it is but there’s something that needs to be done.
NRx: Did you ever smoke before a fight?
MT: Only once in my life. In 2000, against Andrew Golota.
NRx: You beat him, right?
MT: Yeah, but they fined me $250,000 because I tested positive. So maybe it wasn’t a good idea.
NRx: But you won!
MT: I did! It was the most damage I ever put on another fighter.
NRx: That seems crazy. I’ve never smoked and thought, “I need to punch somebody!”
MT: It wasn’t about anger. [The weed] put me in a confident state. It was like I was outside my body, watching myself fight. You know about telekinesis? It was kind of like that.
NRx: You were moving objects with your mind?
MT: It was almost like I was outside of my body and I was telling my body how to punch and to move. I could see everything. I was instructing myself like a student.
NRx: Are you into pipes or bongs or vaping?
MT: I favor spliffs.
NRx: What’s your rolling technique?
MT: If I can be honest…
MT: I have a guy who rolls for me. You know how most companies have CEOs? I have a CRO—a chief rolling officer.
NRx: What kind of salary can somebody earn for rolling joints for Iron Mike?
MT: [Speaks to a guy.] What do you make a year? [Pause.] $20,000? That’s not bad, is it? [Laughs.]
NRx: Is he rolling right now?
MT: He is. [Laughs.] A joint roller's work is never done.
NRx: How much weed do you smoke?
MT: I don’t know. Maybe $10,000 a week.
NRx: What? That’s impossible!
MT: Well, we’ve got 50 people at the office. So they all chip in. [Laughs.] I got to take care of my people.
NRx: What are you like stoned? Giggly? Talkative? Paranoid?
MT: No, I’m mostly… curious.
NRx: Curious about what?
MT: Anything! Everything! I’m really interested in God right now. Who created God? Where did the idea of God come from? I want to be close to God when I get high.
NRx: This conversation is starting to make me feel a little stoned.
MT: Yes! Now you’re getting it. A good conversation can get you high.