Former UFC bantamweight George Roop has been in the cannabis industry longer than he’s been fighting. Because medical marijuana has only been legal since 2010, and the 37-year-old Roop has been growing since he was 18, he hasn’t advertised this fact. It’s no wonder – even MMA industry vets who’ve tried to keep their cultivation operations a secret have met unhappy ends . Happily retired from MMA, Roop is out in the open about his lifelong passion, and he’s attacking the cannabis business with the same zeal he had for fighting. In four months, he plans to open the Tucson Cannabis Campus, a 40,000 square foot cultivation facility that can produce 100 pounds of cannabis every five to seven days. Roop, 37, has prepared the move long before he hung up his gloves.
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