An estimated 1,500 people gathered and gave Mike Tyson a roaring welcome at the cannabis dispensary Zen Leaf on Saturday afternoon. Tyson, who has been a supporter of cannabis accessibility, arrived at the dispensary to shake hands and take photos with fans.
An estimated 1,500 people gave retired heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson a roaring welcome at the cannabis dispensary Zen Leaf on Saturday afternoon. His own cannabis brand Tyson 2.0 and Zen Leaf have partnered to roll out a new cannabis line named after the retired professional wrestler Ric Flair called the Ric Flair Drip.
Zack Swan, the national director of marketing for Verano, the parent company of Zen Leaf, said the Ric Flair line will contain cannabis flowers and vape products. He said the edibles will be called Wooo Chews, named after Flair’s famous in-ring shouts.
Tyson said he knew he would launch one of the biggest cannabis brands, but “I didn’t think it would be this quick.”
Tyson 2.0, which was conceived and launched in 2021, currently sells flower products, pre-rolls and a line of toad products to mimic the experience of taking psychedelics. The edibles called Mike Bites are a reference to Tyson’s infamous fight against Evander Holyfield, in which he bit off a part of Holyfield’s ear. It is currently sold in 24 states and 600 cannabis dispensaries.
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Tyson said about his products are based on trial and error, so, they get the best growers in the country. Also added that, “Some people need it (cannabis) to function in life.”
Jacqueline Schubert of Long Branch is one of those people. She has lung cancer and intense back pain. Said that she is suffering from prolong pain, every day, all day long and now she have started using cannabis, it has helped her tremendously. And then that way she don’t have to go on painkillers. It just makes it easier. And she is grateful that it’s available.
Neptune Mayor Nicholas Williams said allowing the sale of legal cannabis has been a positive for the township. Verano, which is a national chain of cannabis dispensaries, has 114 stores across the country, according to Swan, and three in New Jersey
Williams said the majority of residents voted in favor of recreational cannabis.
“People wanted it, people got it. They don’t have to find it on the streets anymore,” he said. “They can come by here every day.”