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Stripe Canceled My Account Today

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They accused me of using their service to sell a "controlled substance".

I received an email from Stripe today. In the letter I was told they are canceling my account:

While we hate to give you anything less than a great experience, it does seem that your business is in violation of the Stripe Services Agreement, section A.7.b (“Restricted Businesses and Activities”). Specifically we are unable to receive payments for controlled substances as mentioned here: https://stripe.com/restricted-businesses.

These regulations are firm, so we sadly have no flexibility with them. Unfortunately, you won’t be able to accept new charges on your acount, but we will continue making payouts to your bank account until you receive all of your funds.

We’re very sorry that we have to turn away your business, and wish you the best of luck moving forward. If you think you are receiving this message in error, please let us know and we will be happy to re-review your account.

A Five Year Cough

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I was coughing for five years. Kratom fixed it instantly.

Last October I was co-located for two months with an unlikely pair of digital nomads perched at a private villa in northern Bali. One of them was visionary, born again vegan in his late 30’s. The other a talented twenty-something savant programmer from Volgograd. During our time co-locating I helped the two containerize an application stack they’d been working on for over a year. And they introduced me to a healing herb used in traditional medicine I would later find out was the treatment I needed to control my chronic bronchitis.