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Struggle to Open Tecumseh, Ont. Hemp Shop Due to ‘Massive Confusion’ in Cannabis Industry

‘Everybody’s scared’: Owners say it was hard to find insurance, landlord and bank support.

Opening a hemp-based business for two moms in Tecumseh, Ont. has involved more than a year of red tape and roadblocks, largely because of the connection to cannabis.

Finding a bank, insurance and a landlord wasn’t easy, according to Melissa Boow and Tiffany Rizok, and nearly forced them to give up trying. The owners constantly had to explain that both hemp and marijuana are cultivated from the cannabis sativa plant family, but that hemp contains virtually none of the elements of the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) compound found in marijuana that makes people high.

“Everybody’s scared and not realizing that there’s a difference,” said Boow. “For every step you take forward, you take two steps back fighting. It’s not fair. It shouldn’t be like this.”

– Read the entire article at CBC News.

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