Like Jacquelynn Power Maurice noted to the New York Post last November, former heavyweight boxing champion and former “Worst Man on the Planet” Mike Tyson has openly discussed his past drug use themselves and other off-stage problems. Tyson is currently working to face another opponent, and it is an opponent that has impacted the lives of thousands upon thousands of Americans.
Every The Post’s Erich Richter, Tyson was at the brand new Apothecarium cannabis dispensary in Lodi, NJ, last Saturday to promote Tyson 2.0 products and emphasize the use of cannabis-related products instead of opiates. Recreational use of cannabis is legal in Garden State.
“Marijuana and other botanicals have gotten me to this point, who I am, who I want to be,” Tyson explains of his current mental health condition. “It all comes down to your mind and your head. Your mind and head may be the worst neighborhood in the history of the world.”
Arturo Gatti, an old friend of Tyson’s from New Jersey, struggled with drug use and took his own life at the age of 37 in 2009.
“Arturo started with his broken arm,” said Mario Costa, a longtime friend of Tyson’s who owns the Ringside Lounge in Jersey City. “They took a bone from his hip and put it in his hand, so they started with Percocet. Mike would never take it because of Cus. [D’Amato] his mentor [would never allow it]. Arturo is addicted. He often says his breakfast is 3 Percocets. ”
Tyson can make fun of himself these days, because “Mike Bites” the witches found on the Tyson 2.0 website are shaped like an ear with a bit severed in connection with the June 1997 fight for which it is famous bit off a segment by Evander Holyfield.