[How does a man, who is wanted by the US Dept. of Justice, for allegedly masterminding a British Columbia pot grower’s smuggling operation into Washington State (before legalization), get inducted into the Order of St. Michael, then become a leader of a Bulgarian color revolution (SEE: Nova Bulgaria Says South Stream Natural Gas Pipeline Reveals Corrupt Deals Between Bulgaria and Moscow ; The Government Resigned, Now What?)?]
Anywhere you grew weed, you could go to prison for it, and in some states, the sentence could be life imprisonment.
Not only that, hydroponics store sold grow supplies pirated from other industries.
It was so lame when HID grow lights and ballasts were crudely adapted from streetlights, and hydroponics nutrients were based on inferior formulas and materials meant for tomatoes.
Growing marijuana was a dangerous, inefficient business because nobody was making nutrients or gear tested on marijuana.
But two big things changed.
Number one—marijuana growing was legalized in California, Washington, Oregon, Colorado, and Michigan.
Number two—a few individuals and companies started making hydroponics nutrients and grow supplies specifically for marijuana growers.
The interesting thing is that one guy was instrumental in making both those major changes happen.
I’m talking about a marijuana growing expert and hydroponics product developer named Michael Straumietis.
He first changed the lives of marijuana growers by creating hydroponics manufacturer Advanced Nutrients.
Advanced Nutrients is so far the only company that publicly acknowledges it’s testing, designing, and making organic and hydroponics nutrients for legal marijuana growers.
When growers get hold of his company’s hydroponics nutrients, they get high-yielding products made with special components and processes that boost growth rate, THC and other cannabinoid percentages, and harvest weight.
Straumietis has long been a force for political change that led to legalization of marijuana growing in various American states.
Behind the scenes since the 1990s, he’s worked with other legalization advocates to change laws so growers’ lives and freedom are safer.
Now he’s taken his political change strategies to a new continent…
Nearly ten years ago he hired dozens of scientists in the Eastern European country of Bulgaria to do marijuana nutrients research.
But when Straumietis visited Bulgaria, he quickly learned the country’s government (dominated by communism and Russia before the end of the Cold War) was among the most corrupt governments in Europe.
He also discovered that Bulgarian citizens can’t legally grow marijuana.
And as he worked with scientists during visits to Bulgaria, he saw the vast majority of citizens experiencing oppressive poverty, low wages, environmental degradation, and political corruption.
Bulgaria’s most powerful politicians and political parties were buying votes, rigging elections, taking bribes, and in bed with Russia, multi-millionaires, criminal gangs, and corporations—to the daily detriment of Bulgarians.
Straumietis founded a political party called Nova Bulgaria, a political action organization called Political Change Now, and a charity organization called Holiday Heroes.
His charities help thousands of low-income people and war refugees, and he also created a burgeoning populist political movement never seen before in Bulgaria.
As with government attacks he experienced because of his marijuana nutrients research and marijuana advocacy, Straumietis endures physical threats and political persecution because of his Bulgarian activism.
Despite the dangers, in the run-up to Bulgaria’s 2014 national elections, Straumietis took his “revolution” to a higher level by creating a viral social media campaign that explicitly accuses the Bulgarian government of theft, fraud, oppression, and abuse.
The campaign included an explosive investigative journalism video showing nationwide vote buying and selling on behalf of ruling political parties.