Author: Elliot Maras on 07/11/2016
Colorado entrepreneur Veronica Carpio got into the hemp business to avoid legal problems associated with marijuana. Hemp is not as strictly regulated as marijuana in the state. Nonetheless, PayPal eventually informed Carpio they were shutting her account and freezing her funds for six months.
Banks And Card Companies No Help
Carpio had previously learned that banks and credit card companies want nothing to do with cannabis.
Once PayPal froze her account, Carpio noticed her Amazon and Etsy accounts became frozen.
Carpio was unsuccessful in trying to get PayPal to unfreeze her account. With no way to accept online payments, she was unable to earn a living for six months.
She began exploring other payment options and learned about bitcoin. She integrated a bitcoin payment solution for her business using the Mycelium wallet.
Carpio found that Mycelium offers a high level of anonymity and easy transactions. She found it easy to integrate Mycelium into her business web architecture. She also found Mycelium easy for her customers to use since the wallet is more intuitive than other bitcoin wallets.
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Hemp Farmers Reluctant
Nonetheless, Carpio found hemp farmer customers hesitant to use cryptocurrency. She said older generation customers don’t understand bitcoin, thinking it is illegal or does not really work.
To address the education challenge, Carpio launched a knowledge resource called 1620 Solutions. Partnering with her in this endeavor was Edgar Hamm, a biodynamic hemp farmer and cannabis activist.
The goal of 1620 is to educate hemp farmers on using bitcoin in their existing business model.
Hamm sees bitcoin as the future for agriculture.
Carpio and Hamm said the response from hemp farmers has been positive. They did not wish to reveal how many hemp farmers are using bitcoin.