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“Advanced Nutrients is racist:” Ex-employees sue fertilizer co.

Lawsuits filed by two former employees make claims, including racial discrimination and wrongful termination, against cannabis fertilizer company Advanced Nutrients, its CEO Michael “BigMike” Straumietis and unnamed individuals connected to the company.

Advanced Nutrients, which has its head office in West Hollywood, claims to be the world’s best-selling cannabis fertilizer brand, with annual revenue of more than $110M.

Straumietis has cultivated an image as a playboy mogul known for throwing lavish parties at his Malibu mansion. He was named the host of The Next Marijuana Millionaire, a reality show contest featuring aspiring cannabis entrepreneurs. His @bigmike Instagram account has 2.6M followers.