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One hundred percent, I realized early on when I started working with UBC and BCIT in Canada that science is the answer. I've always been fond of science and, sure enough, science held the answers that I was looking for to make superior products.

One of the things that I believe is that if a company is doing really, really well, it has an obligation to give back to the community in which it directly receives its income and then to society as a whole.

And that's exactly what we've done in this instance for the coronavirus.

It started actually in Bulgaria. Remember I said I got a license in Bulgaria to study cannabis. One Christmas I said, “I want to donate and help out here, and they looked at me like I was from Mars and they said, “There are no charities here that you can give to. There's a couple of scammers out there, but they're not really charities. And I said, “Well, we're going to start a charity.” And they said, “No, you don't understand. You're American, we're Bulgarian, and it's a bad thing to do, and it's not going to work.” And I said, “You don't understand I’m American. We do things a little bit differently.”

We were already set and prepared. I also said to be prepared for losing half of our workforce at any one given time to be cycled through. Right now, everyone's isolated. They're in their homes. We're working as virtual teams. Obviously in our production facilities, they're practicing safe, social-distancing.

When I was 23, I started growing weed. Grew it all wrong and killed my first crop.

Can you give an example?

Big Mike Straumietis is America’s biggest cannabis baron. Founder of global brand Advanced Nutrients. Star of TV show The Next Marijuana Millionaire. Host of podcast Business Outlaws. Former drug runner. Persona non grata in Canada (the police had to kidnap him). Multimillionaire. Visionary. And all-round nice guy.

How successful is Big Mike? Pretty damn successful. The Daily Mail described him as “the acknowledged worldwide leader in developing marijuana-specific nutrients and supplements.” The website of his company, Advanced Nutrients, claims to be “the No. 1 hydroponics nutrients company in the world — with sales in 100 countries and counting.” He recently launched TV show The Next Marijuana Millionaire, and filmed podcast Business Outlaws. He lives in a mansion in the Hollywood Hills, with a bar in what may or may not be the front room.

So, Big Mike’s sitting opposite me, weeping, and here I really should stress my boundless admiration for his emotional honesty, the societal acceptance of our more vulnerable selves being one of the few things the 21st century has going for it, but even so, laudable though it was, the development was nonetheless rather unexpected. Incidentally, Big Mike is not an inverse Little John; Big Mike is 6ft7 and clearly knows his way around a gym, as he should, considering he probably has one in his outhouse.

You know the sign of a true professional? They make whatever they do look easy. I make cannabis look effortless because I understand the terrain. People think, “Oh, cannabis is good.” They get into this industry and they realise, “What the… is going on? I can’t advertise, I’ve got banking issues. I’ve got to get licences now.”

Today, Advanced Nutrients is the most profitable cannabis company in the world, with nine figures in annual revenue and products sold in 107 countries and counting. BigMike received one of the first three government-issued licenses in the world to grow cannabis for research purposes and directs a team of top Ph.D. cannabis scientists. Together, they’re unlocking the plant’s true genetic potential. BigMike has overseen the cultivation of millions of cannabis plants and is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Good Cannabis” to consumers and industry experts alike.

If you grow or consume cannabis, you’ve benefited from something BigMike Straumietis has done.

A grower since 1983, BigMike’s mission is to make cannabis an acceptable and everyday part of healing humanity. In 1999, he founded Advanced Nutrients and launched the world’s first complete cannabis nutrient system.

A dedicated philanthropist who believes in paying it forward, BigMike is also the founder of the non-profit Humanity Heroes, which provides life-giving essentials to tens of thousands of people in need.