Malawi has asked boxing star Mike Tyson to become the 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.
Tyson, a former world heavyweight champion, is an entrepreneur and has invested in a cannabis farm in the US. But the move has been criticized by some as the former boxer was imprisoned for sex offences in the 1990s.
“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, the former boxer had accepted the invitation and plans were under way for him to visit the country. “Tyson will be working with us,” she said.
A locally grown variety of cannabis – Malawi gold – is renowned by recreational users across the world.