LegitScript announces new CBD e-commerce certification program to ensure accountability, regulatory compliance

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Leading certification company aims to protect consumers, reduce business risk

PORTLAND, Ore., —(BUSINESS WIRE)— LegitScript, the global leader in merchant and product certification and monitoring in the e-commerce and payment sectors, has launched a new certification program for legally compliant CBD products and websites. Starting today, US manufacturers and merchants can apply through LegitScript to certify CBD products and websites that are in compliance with USDA, FDA, FTC, and DEA regulations, as well as state-specific laws.

LegitScript is best known for providing monitoring and certification services for the world’s leading search engines, e-commerce platforms, and payment networks, as well as various drug safety regulators.

LegitScript’s CEO, John Horton, said the program will bring transparency and structure to the CBD industry. “Although some CBD products are now legal federally in the US, many remain illegal — particularly nearly all ingestible products and those containing more than trace amounts of THC,” referring to the active ingredient in marijuana. “The LegitScript seal gives internet platforms, banks, and consumers confidence that merchants are complying with applicable laws and that product ingredients have been tested to ensure the absence of psychoactive ingredients.”

Horton said LegitScript will review and monitor marketing claims to protect consumers and ensure compliance with FDA and FTC guidance: “Whatever CBD’s actual benefits may be, merchants can’t say that CBD is going to cure cancer or mitigate some disease.”

As the leading third-party certification expert in complex and high-risk sectors, LegitScript’s services are used by regulatory authorities, credit card companies, search engines, and e-commerce platforms worldwide. Horton said that at present, most internet platforms’ and payment providers’ official policies prohibit all sales of CBD products: “We’re working with a select number of internet and payment partners to integrate our certification program over the coming months in a way that will mitigate their regulatory risk, but allow greater acceptance of non-psychoactive, legally compliant CBD products.”

The program is designed to help CBD merchants ensure they are aligned with federal and state regulatory requirements.

To explain more about CBD certification, LegitScript is hosting a webinar on Wednesday, July 10, at 1 p.m. Eastern / 10 a.m. Pacific to address important details about the program. To sign up, visit

To learn more about CBD Certification or to start an application, visit

About LegitScript

Since 2007, LegitScript has been committed to making the internet and payment ecosystems safer and more transparent. LegitScript Certification lets the world know which healthcare merchants, CBD products and websites, and drug and alcohol addiction treatment facilities operate safely and legally. The result? Certified merchants can stand out from the crowd, grow their online presence, and demonstrate credibility in high-risk industries. LegitScript is the leading third-party certification expert in tightly regulated and complex sectors. That’s why LegitScript Certification is trusted by Visa, Google, Bing, Facebook, and major global payment service providers. For more information, visit

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