Article by David Brown, Lift News
Some Canadian cannabis seed sellers using Canada-based Shopify to power their payment systems online say they have recently received letters from the company asking them to demonstrate they are authorized to sell cannabis seeds in Canada.
J, of the website Jordan of the Islands, who only gave his name as “J”, says the company received an email notice on Oct 31st asking them for documentation to prove they are authorized to sell cannabis seeds. J says he’s not surprised by the move, and hopes to have their website operational again by this weekend.
“It’s hardly a surprise, I’m sure we’ll start getting cease and desist orders or fines too,” says J. “Maybe it’s the legal attention we need for Canadians to finally realize that cannabis seeds are illegal, now more than ever before. Our site will be back up by Sunday.”
Another retailer, who apparently runs JAHSeeds.ca, recently posted to social media to share a similar experience. JAHSeeds.ca is currently in operation, although it appears to no longer be using Shopify for payments. The owners of the website were unavailable for comment at press time.
Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company headquartered in Ottawa, which also offers retailers a computer software platform for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems. Numerous companies use Shopify to power their shopping cart/checkout system for online sales.
No one at Shopify was available for comment at press time, although an employee answered a question on a Shopify message board about selling cannabis seeds in the US by stating that such activities are only permitted if done from a state that has legalized cannabis.