Marijuana hydroponics nutrients manufacturer and grow expert Michael “Big Mike” Straumietis was forced to cancel his much-anticipated 2017 Super Bowl party at his Los Angeles “Marijuana Mansion.”
Marijuana Mansion parties, his company Advanced Nutrients, and Straumietis’ “Big Mike” Instagram account, are famous worldwide.
His legendary parties feature elaborate concert-quality sound and light systems, cannabinoid bars with pure extracts such as THCA and isolated terpenoids, gourmet cannabis edibles, Hollywood celebs, Cannabis Cup and Emerald Cup winner growers and dab makers, and world-class musicians and DJs.
All from a premium location overlooking Los Angeles and the ocean beyond.
But Straumietis canceled this year’s annual Super Bowl party, citing anti-marijuana harassment from government officials.
“We spent hundreds of thousands of dollars prepping our Marijuana Mansion Super Bowl Party. In a city known for wild parties, our parties are the most fun and we comply with all ordinances. We make sure to let the City know what we’re doing every step of the way,” Straumietis told BigBudsMag.com. “But authorities made toxic threats, so I called off the Marijuana Mansion party rather than put guests and employees at risk.”
Instead of a Super Bowl party, Straumietis is planning a super lawsuit against the party-wrecking officials.
And he’s launching a pro-cannabis organization to fight anti-cannabis prejudice.
“California voters clearly indicate their support for marijuana and the legalized marijuana industry,” Straumietis says, “but local officials aren’t following the will of the people. They work against cannabis businesspeople and activists like me.”
Straumietis announced the formation of a Cannabis Freedom Fund (CannabisFreedomFund.org), donating $100,000 of his own money.
The CFF is a pro-marijuana political organization dedicated to unseating anti-marijuana politicians and bureaucrats and replacing them with people friendly to the marijuana industry.
“Ever since California voters legalized medical marijuana in 1996, we’ve seen police agencies, bureaucrats, city councils, state legislators, and others work against California’s greenest, most profitable industry,” Straumietis explained. “Cannabis Freedom Fund will remove those old-school reefer madness drug warriors and replace them with people who understand the massive benefits of cannabis and the cannabis industry.”
Straumietis says that as a marijuana entrepreneur and resident, he’s been subject to government harassment, “solely because of prejudice against the marijuana culture and industry.”
Straumietis has a history of standing up for what he believes in.
In Bulgaria, where his Advanced Nutrients hydroponics company has a team of plant scientists working in universities and botanical research facilities, Straumietis risked his life promoting reform candidates against the ultra-corrupt Bulgarian government.
Ever since he formed Advanced Nutrients in the late 1990s, Straumietis is the only founder of a hydroponics company to openly speak on behalf of cannabis growers and hydroponics retailers.
He’s also the only hydroponics industry leader to publicly denounce the attempted takeover of the cannabis and hydroponics industries by GMO company Monsanto and its business partner Scotts Miracle-Gro.
“In Los Angeles on Super Bowl Sunday there’ll be massively rude parties with booze, traffic problems, trash, noise, and commotion, but city officials won’t bother those parties,” Straumietis said. “Yet, they threatened to arrest my employees, issued a ‘stop work’ order, and implied they’d raid our party. It’s just not right, and we’ll do what it takes to end prejudice against our marijuana community.”