ROME, NOV 25 – Malawi has asked Mike Tyson to become the official ambassador of the country’s cannabis crops, as reported by the BBC. Agriculture Minister Lobin Low sent an invitation letter to the former boxing champion, saying legalization in Malawi for medical use has created new opportunities. Tyson, who was world heavyweight champion, is now an entrepreneur and has invested in a cannabis farm in the United States, but Malawi’s move has been criticized because the man was jailed for rape in 1992 and released. in 1995, less than three years after his sentence. The Malawian civil society group Center for Public Accountability said in a statement that it “fails to understand why Malawi would like to have a convicted rapist as a brand ambassador, especially at this time when efforts to curb violence against women they are part of the government’s agenda ”. The Department of Agriculture said the U.S. Cannabis Association is facilitating the deal with Tyson, and the head of its Malawi branch, Wezi Ngalamila, told the BBC that the former champion has accepted the deal. invitation and that agreements are underway for his visit to the country: “Tyson will work with us,” he said. Malawi legalized the cultivation and processing of cannabis for medical use last year, and the country’s Ministry of Agriculture encouraged farmers to grow it. (HANDLE).