Updated: September 10, 2021
Prior to launching an e-commerce store with the intent to sell CBD products, Delta-8/9 or Kratom, it’s important to remain aware of state laws and federal guidelines.
Unsubstantiated Health Claims are Strictly Prohibited.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) strictly prohibits CBD sellers from publishing unsupported or unsubstantiated health benefit statements in their advertising and marketing. In other words, the seller is not allowed to publish any statements suggesting that CBD may be effective at treating serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and others.”
This restriction includes; gummies, candies, and all CBD-infused chewable foods.
*Updated September 2021:
An online seller should include a clearly visible statement on the shopping cart page OR checkout page drop-down selection menu informing the buyer that the sale of CBD Edibles is should restrict the sale and shipment of that product is restricted in their state.
The same disclosure statement can be placed on the website footer page.
Visa and MasterCard will not support transactions involving the sale of kratom. For that reason, will not offer merchant accounts to kratom sellers.
If a traditional payment processor discovers a merchant violating Visa and MasterCard policy, that merchant account will be terminated the merchant will be placed on the ‘Match List’.
Kratom is banned in several US states or considered “illegal” in others. These states include; Rhode Island, Arkansas, Vermont, Indiana, Tennessee, and Wisconsin.
Furthermore, there are municipalities within states that have banned the sale or distribution of kratom; Sarasota Florida, a couple of municipalities in Colorado, San Diego California, several counties and cities in Mississippi, Franklin New Hampshire, and Jerseyville Illinois.
Learn more about this substance by getting our free Kratom FAQ Guide. Again, these legal facts must be understood.
Updated: September 2021.
U.S. States Where CBD Is Still Illegal (regardless of the 2018 US Farm Bill)
Extremely restrictive state law. For industrial uses only.
Washington D.C.: the District of Columbia classifies all extracts from cannabis as hashish, a term which was not included in the legalization initiatives. This means CBD possession could be charged as possession of hashish, which would have serious consequences, including significant jail time.
*Source: Buscher Law Firm. Experts in cannabis, hemp and CBD. https://is.gd/tZlOSx