An Open Letter To Our Community—And a Strange Confession

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Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 12.56.24 PMDamn, I’m in awe right now and have something a bit strange to admit to you (which I’ll get to in a moment).

I just hopped off the G4 I took to the Michigan Cannabis Cup and back with @allisongreen @melissamarie @xxbleedgoldxx @samiiryan @alyshanet, as well as a handful of store owners and their wives, where Advanced Nutrients won 3rd place in Best Product & Best Booth.

If you’d have told me back when I was a scrawny, juvenile delinquent runaway—with glasses damn near bigger than my head—locked away in a detention center…

…or in my early twenties when I lived on food stamps and my every possession was crammed into five garbage bags…

…or in 1983 when I attempted to grow my first crop and killed it within twenty-four hours…

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…or when I was the center of a nationwide manhunt for eleven years, living on the lam under seven identities, full of nightmares and crippling anxiety…

…or when I fled to Canada, started Advanced Nutrients and was arrested on marijuana charges, forcing the company into debt…

…or when I was kidnapped and kicked out of Canada, having to start over in a halfway house and report to a parole officer whose #1 mission was to throw me back into the slammer…

… that today…

… Today Advanced Nutrients would be the world’s #1 cannabis nutrients brand, available in 89 countries, with sales over $90 million a year, and used in more Cannabis Cup winning buds than any other brand in the world…

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…that able to take private jets with the most beautiful women of our community to a Cannabis Cups…

…I would have told you, “You’re crazy!”

Now, if you’ve read the story Eljay wrote about me, then you know the road hasn’t been an easy one…

That it’s been rocky as hell.

That I’ve failed and kicked my own ass far more times than I’ve succeeded.

That there have been times when my relentless OCD almost got the best of me, and cost me everything.

That our products have been blackballed by hypocritical MAJOR distributors who sent out an opinion letter written by lawyers that warned if you buy from Advanced Nutrients, you could be arrested by the federal government.

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That I’ve given my LIFE to growing marijuana. And while, if you’ve grown or consumed marijuana, you’ve benefited from something I’ve done, the price I’ve had to pay has been a substantial one.

That’s why I’m in such awe today.

In awe that the company I started is helping so many growers take marijuana to its true genetic potential.

In awe that we’ve been able to bring over 50 firsts to the world of cannabis cultivation.

In awe of the work our charities are doing, changing laws, feeding families, delivering medicine to sick and needy war veterans and children.

In awe of the amazing team we have at Advanced Nutrients…

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 12.57.22 PMThe 23 PhD’s who engineer our precision nutrients to only optimize quality and flavor, but produce clean-burning medical grade marijuana, free of heavy metals.

Our managers, marketers, writers, accountants, customer service reps, grow specialists, admins, sales people, distributors, and countless others who help make sure we deliver only the best possible nutrients, top notch customer service, and joy to our community.

I’m deeply grateful for every single grower who gives their plants Advanced Nutrients.

I’m grateful for how generous and supportive our community has been.

How you’ve made us the #1 cannabis nutrient brand in the world.

How you choose us time and again over other nutrients.

And how fucking amazing the weed you’re pumping out is. Believe me, I smoked quite a bit of it, and what you’re growing is beyond just good, it’s GREAT. Bravo!

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 12.51.49 PMYou deliver magic, giving your friends and customers a tasty, clean, and powerful high.

The high that they deserve.

Now, I’m going to admit something weird to you here…

Sometimes all the success can go to my head. I think that’s natural. I mean, we should be proud of our accomplishments, right?

Right.

I know I’m sure proud of mine.

HOWEVER, everyday I have to remind myself of just how lucky I am, so I don’t get too caught up in the ego stuff. That ego can be a sneaky little bitch sometimes, wanting to take credit for every damn thing under the sun.

I’m dude who gets to grow weed, and help a ton of others do the same.

I’m grateful for what I’ve been able to build, and I’m grateful for YOU.

Because without you, there would be no Advanced Nutrients.

YOU deserve the credit.

Screen Shot 2015-08-24 at 2.46.08 PMI want to say thank you so much for doing what you do.

I’ll keep on doing evolving our nutrients and staying on the cutting edge of the science of marijuana growing, and you keep growing the best damn buds possible.

We’re in this thing together.

Grow strong. Have fun. Kick ass.

Talk soon,
Big Mike

P.S. I’m working hard on my book Marijuana Don right now. It’s a beast of a book. Thirty-two years of growing is hard to cram into just 500 pages. While you’re waiting for it to hit the shelves, be sure to follow me on Instagram for updates.

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