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CBD & Hemp Electronic Payment Services

Most banks and payment processors refuse to provide electronic payment services for CBD and hemp-related businesses. The reasons for this are complicated and are explained below, but through our relationships with multiple banks and processors, we have a home for you.

What factors cause a CBD business to be considered high-risk?

CBD (cannabidiol) and hemp businesses are often considered high-risk merchants due to several factors associated with the legal and regulatory environment surrounding these products. Here are the primary reasons why CBD and hemp businesses are considered high-risk:

  1. Legal Uncertainty: The legal status of CBD and hemp products varies from one jurisdiction to another and is subject to change. In some regions, they are fully legal, while in others, they may be heavily regulated or prohibited. This legal uncertainty can lead to challenges in compliance and interpretation of local laws.

  2. Federal and State Conflicts: There is a disconnect between federal and state regulations regarding CBD and hemp. While federal law may permit certain uses, individual states may have stricter rules, creating a complex compliance landscape.

  3. Lack of FDA Regulation: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not established clear regulations for CBD products, leading to inconsistent standards and quality control issues within the industry.

  4. Banking and Payment Processing Challenges: Many traditional banks and payment processors are hesitant to work with CBD and hemp businesses due to concerns about legal and regulatory risks. This can lead to difficulties in accessing banking services and securing reliable payment processing solutions.

  5. High Chargeback Rates: The sale of CBD and hemp products can result in a higher number of chargebacks, often due to customer disputes over product quality, effectiveness, or satisfaction.

  6. Product Variability: The quality and composition of CBD and hemp products can vary widely, which can lead to customer dissatisfaction and legal issues if products do not meet their claims or contain contaminants.

  7. Marketing and Advertising Restrictions: Many advertising platforms, such as Google and Facebook, have strict policies against promoting CBD and hemp products, limiting marketing options and making it challenging to reach potential customers.

  8. Age Verification: Businesses selling CBD products need to ensure that customers meet the legal age requirements for purchasing such products, adding an additional layer of complexity to transactions.

  9. Supply Chain Concerns: Hemp-derived CBD products can be sourced from various suppliers, and ensuring a reliable and compliant supply chain can be challenging.

  10. International Shipping and Export Restrictions: Exporting CBD and hemp products across international borders can be complicated due to differing regulations in different countries.

  11. Legal and Regulatory Compliance Costs: CBD and hemp businesses often need to invest in legal counsel and compliance measures to navigate the complex regulatory landscape, which can be costly.

Despite these challenges, the growing interest in CBD and hemp products has led to increased efforts to establish clearer regulations and standards. As the legal and regulatory environment evolves, the classification of these businesses as high-risk merchants may change, but for now, they face considerable challenges in operating within the existing framework.

How can Visioneer Payments help?

Since 1988 we’ve been helping merchants of all types to accept credit card payments. We have developed relationships with multiple banks and payment processors and can match our clients’ requirements with the appropriate financial institution. Approvals are quick and our no-risk agreement is month-to-month with no upfront fees and can be cancelled at any time with no cancellation fees.

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