Big Mike Straumietis, CEO of Advanced Nutrients
Big Mike Straumietis, the CEO of Advanced Nutrients just us today on Dazed and Infused. If you grow or consume marijuana, you’ve benefited from something BigMike has done. Since 1983, BigMike Straumieitis has worked tirelessly to find new ways to bring marijuana to its true genetic potential—legally and illegally. He’s overseen the cultivation of over a million pot plants, been the target of a federal manhunt by the DEA and U.S. Marshals, lived on the lam for almost a decade under seven different identities, and brought over 50 firsts to the world of marijuana growing. In 1996, BigMike took $25,000 he’d made from a small illegal grow in Temecula, California, snuck into Canada with a fake passport, and built a growing and trafficking organization 200 people strong. He then used his growing and business expertise to start his company, Advanced Nutrients. Today, Advanced Nutrients is the maker of the #1 selling cannabis-specific nutrient line in the world, with $90 million a year in sales from 93 countries.
When he’s not figuring out ways to grow bigger and better buds, throwing parties at his world-famous marijuana mansion, or running Advanced Nutrients, BigMike dabbles in creating social change. His charity Holiday Heroes feeds over 30 thousand people in need, each Easter and Christmas. Mike created the political party, Nova Bulgaria, in order to create real change in the corrupt government of Bulgaria. Advanced Nutrients donated over a million dollars worth of nutrients to assist sick and dying patients, built a classroom in Uganda and constructed a grow room for CannaMoms, to allow children who suffer from conditions such as epilepsy and cancer access to the medicine they need. Advanced Nutrients also lends seed money to individuals in developing countries who dream of starting a small business, but lack the means to do so, donate heavily to the Marijuana Policy Project, and are spearheading MMJ Bulgaria, which advocates for Medical Marijuana legalization in Bulgaria.