Malawi, where the cultivation and trade of medicinal cannabis is legal, has officially asked boxing legend Mike Tyson to become an ambassador for the local industry, according to a Ministry of Agriculture spokesman on Tuesday.
In a letter to the former world heavyweight champion dated November 1 and copied to AFP, the ministry wrote that « Malawi cannot go it alone in this complex industry and needs a partner. I would like to nominate you, Mr. Mike Tyson, as the ambassador of the cannabis sector in Malawi. »
The ministry did not say whether Mr. Tyson had responded favorably to its request.
Crowned the youngest world champion in his category at the age of twenty in 1996, « Iron Mike », after a tumultuous career in boxing between fights and events, has flourished in recent years in the legal cannabis business.
At the end of October, the American magazine Forbes announced the launch by the boxer of a new company marketing cannabis products in the United States.
Malawi joined the list of African countries that allow medicinal use in early 2020, in part to offset a sharp decline in tobacco production. Production and sale for textiles and rope is also permitted.
Sometimes described as « Malawi’s gold, » cannabis had been grown illegally for years.