Malawi has asked Mike Tyson to become their official ambassador for the country’s cannabis crop.
Agriculture Minister Lobin Low sent a letter to Tyson inviting him to take up the role and said legalization in Malawi had created new opportunities.
As you all know, Mike is deeply in the cannabis industry. He runs his own Tyson Ranch and is an ambassador for several products.
“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,” Mr. Lowe wrote.
The United States Cannabis Association was facilitating the deal with Tyson, the agriculture ministry said.
The head of its Malawi branch, Wezi Ngalamila, told the BBC that the former boxer had accepted the invitation and plans were underway to visit the country.
“Tyson will be working with us,” she said.
Malawi legalized the growing and processing of cannabis for medicinal use last year but stopped short of legalizing it for personal use.
The government hopes that Mike’s backing will “rope in some investors and even potential buyers”, ministry spokesman Gracian Lungu told the AFP news agency.
A locally grown variety of cannabis – Malawi gold – is renowned by recreational users across the world.