The National Hemp Service, opening on Stroud Green Road next month, will only sell products made from the hemp crop, promoting both its versatility and environmentally friendliness.
Hemp, a strain of the cannabis plant,consumes minimal water and absorbs CO2 while it grows and has many applications, including in construction, fuel and textiles, and as a super-food. It is also used to make wellbeing products containing CBD oil.
Jeremy Corbyn is supportive of the business and currently advocates for decriminalising cannabis possession.
Talking to the Islington Gazette, his son Tommy said: “We want to champion hemp as a material for all different things.
“We think cannabis has been demonised for a long time and hemp can be a good gateway into finding out more about it – we don’t want people to be afraid of the plants.
“Most people don’t know about hemp. It’s not a normal thing in this country unfortunately, we are going to change that.
“We want to help push legalisation forward – it’s the answer to a lot of our health and sustainability issues.”
His business partner Chloe Kerlake-Smith added: “We are trying to show everyone all the things hemp can do.
“Because it’s sustainable, incredible for the earth and climate and should be decriminalised.”
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