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Article content continuedThen Linton turned to an old-school credit union — that paragon of community, rectitude, and caution–and found a middle-aged banker named Rob Paterson.

The chief executive officer of Alterna Savings & Credit Union Ltd. seemed an unlikely mark.

Since then, Paterson has become the go-to banker for the pot industry, and his first cannabis customer, Linton, the no-longer-desperate marijuana executive, is proud to show off his 650,000-square-foot pot facility in Smiths Falls, Ont.

— a burg of 8,885 slowly rebounding from the shutdowns of the Hershey and Stanley Works tool plants a decade ago.

Inside, rows of lush marijuana plants will be harvested and dried and become fodder for joints and pipes as well as refined into oils for soft-gel capsules to treat chronic pain, nausea from cancer treatment, sleep disorders, and anxiety.

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