Former professional boxer Mike Tyson has broken ground on a cannabis resort in California, according to The Blast.
The Blast on Monday reported that Tyson Ranch sits on a 40-acre plot of land in California City, California, a remote desert roughly 60 miles southwest of Death Valley National Park.
California City is expecting a major boom in cannabis development and production after California on Monday began legal retail sales of marijuana statewide.
“[Tyson Ranch] will allow master growers to have maximum control of their environment,” a source told The Blast Monday, citing the 20 acres of land for the compound’s cultivation facilities.
Tyson broke ground on the project last month, and it will also feature a cultivation school to teach growers about creating high quality cannabis strains.
The retired pugilist has long believed in marijuana’s healing properties, and his ranch will aim to further medical research and treatment of the plant.
Tyson Holistic, the company that operates the facility, is comprised mainly of military veterans, and it vows helping take care of those who served in the armed forces is a top priority.
Tyson Ranch is located near Edwards Air Force Base, and the project aims at creating jobs for people in the surrounding community.
The project will grow THC and CBD strains, with the latter being a cannabis compound with no psychoactive properties.
CBD has been used to treat posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and it is also an anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant, antioxidant and antipsychotic agent.
California is America’s most populous state, and it now permits so-called recreational marijuana despite the federal government classifying it as a controlled substance like heroin or LSD.
Legal retail sales of marijuana are projected to generate $1 billion in annual tax revenues for California within several years.