Malawi has gotten closer to the great American heavyweight boxer Mike tyson to become a brand ambassador for the nascent medical cannabis industry of the southern country of Africa in an attempt to attract investment. The request was contained in a letter written to the former champion in early November and released by the news agency AFP.
The former athlete is expected to Bring experience and help start mass production as a member of a national association of the cannabis industry in the United States, but you have not yet responded to the proposal.
Malawi decriminalized cannabis for medicinal and industrial purposes in 2020, following other African nations in their attempt to profit from the growing industrial demand for hemp. But the industry is struggling to grow, stalled by expensive licenses and a lack of investors and buyers.
The government hopes that Tyson’s endorsement “will attract some investors and even potential buyers.”said the spokesman for the Ministry of Agriculture, Gracian Lungu. “We have faced many challenges and progress has been very slow,” Lungu told the AFP.
The former fighter has long advocated for the legalization of cannabis, launching his own brand of marijuana products last October, as well as leading a growing project in California. But his possible appointment has generated controversy, with a group of Malawian experts accusing the government of trying to collaborate with a “sex offender”.
Tyson, 55, was convicted in 1992 of raping an 18-year-old woman. He was sentenced to six years in prison and four years of probation, but was released in 1995.
In a statement, the Center for Public Responsibility said it did not understand “why Malawi would want to have a convicted rapist as a brand ambassador” amid the government’s efforts to curb violence against women. Lungu dismissed his concern and maintained that Iron mike He was released on probation for good behavior and had not committed any other offenses.
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