Mike Tyson's ear-shaped weed gummies, an homage to his biting of Evander Holyfield, are currently sold in California dispensaries, and Tyson's brand hopes to sell them in other states. But they won't be sold in Colorado. Mike Tyson's cannabis brand Tyson 2.0 launched "Mike Bites," ear-shaped marijuana gummies nodding to the 1997 match with Evander Holyfield. A few months after Mike Tyson launched his weed brand, Tyson 2.0 has released its latest product. Mike Bites pay homage to the former boxer’s…
Mike Tyson’s Ear-Shaped Gummies Banned by Colorado Law
Mike Tyson’s ear-shaped weed gummies won’t be coming to Colorado, but not for lack of trying.
When the former heavyweight boxing champion’s new THC-infused edibles, which are shaped like ears with a morsel taken out at the top, hit social media last month, we thought they were too good to be true.
But Tyson’s commercial marijuana brand, Tyson 2.0, confirmed that the infused gummy ears are real, and are currently sold in California. An homage to Tyson biting flesh off of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a 1997 title bout, Mike Bites will be moving into more states this year as well, according to Tyson 2.0. But in Colorado, they’ll need to do some shape-shifting.
A 2016 state law prohibits marijuana edibles from being shaped like humans, animals, fruit or other objects that could attract children, and according to the Colorado Marijuana Enforcement Division, Holyfield’s chomped ear is just too damn attractive. The vegan, ear-shaped edibles are “directly applicable” to the law banning human body part shapes, according to MED communications director Shannon Gray.
Because of that law, Mike Bites will be manufactured in the shape of a “T” in Colorado, according to Tyson 2.0. The gummies are expected to be in Colorado recreational dispensaries before the end of the summer, a company spokeswoman adds.
Holyfield isn’t receiving a chunk of the profits from Mike Bites, according to a March interview with Tyson 2.0’s CEO. He hasn’t commented publicly on the edibles, but we assume he’s demanding a profit percentage equal to the surface area that Tyson’s teeth ripped off in the third round.
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Mike Tyson’s cannabis brand is making ear-shaped weed gummies
Tyson 2.0 launched “Mike Bites” nearly 25 years after the boxer infamously bit a chunk out of Evander Holyfield’s ear during a championship fight.
Mike Tyson’s cannabis brand just launched ear-shaped marijuana edibles, nearly 25 years after he was disqualified from the World Boxing Association Heavyweight Championship for biting his opponent’s ears.
In reference to what became known as “The Bite Fight” against Evander Holyfield, Tyson’s cannabis brand, Tyson 2.0, announced a new product: ear-shaped edibles called Mike Bites — complete with a missing chunk.
Mike Bites ears have a bite mark at the top of the gummy, right where Tyson took off a piece of Holyfield’s cartilage.
The company announced the product Tuesday on Twitter.
It has Tyson’s approval, too. Responding to a tweet about the new product, Tyson said, “These ears actually taste good!”
The gummies will be sold at dispensaries in California, Massachusetts and Nevada.
The 1997 match resumed after Tyson bit off a piece of Holyfield’s ear. But Tyson was eventually disqualified and his boxing license was revoked after he bit Holyfield’s other ear. He was fined $3 million.
The former opponents appear to have reconciled. In a 2019 episode of the podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson,” Holyfield said he “forgave” Tyson, and Tyson pitched an ear-shaped candy to him.
“You might be in business because we’re going to make some holy ears,” Tyson responded. “Edible ears that got a bit taken out of them. Holy ears.”
Former co-host Eben Britton joked about taking a mold of Holyfield’s ear.
“Well, I could do that,” he replied.
It’s unclear whether Holyfield will receive a bite of the profits from the gummies.
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