Disclaimer: Got Suspended in no way endorses the use of CBD products and other drug-related paraphernalia. This article is for informational purposes only.
Controversies over the issue of CBD products have been going on for years. Some people think that there is no harm from marijuana; others are completely against it. In its turn, Amazon strictly prohibits selling products containing cannabidiol on its platform.
Cannabidiol is considered to be one of the hottest issues in the marketplace. It is hard to believe, but you can find CBD in products like chocolate, jelly, soda, and many others. However, Amazon is considered to be the only marketplace where CBD products cannot be found since selling products containing cannabidiol is strictly prohibited. That being said, it is still possible to purchase CBD on the marketplace; usually, most of the listings do not contain CBD in their description.
Amazon, in one way or another, discovers these listings and conducts thorough investigation among those sellers who sell restricted products. And we already know what happens to them: seller accounts suspended! In order to keep CBD products off its marketplace. Amazon is using advanced algorithms designed for identifying descriptions that contain prohibited ingredients. Yes, a lot of work goes into this! So, if you’re planning on selling CBD products, you might want to read this article from our Amazon reinstatement first. Because if caught red-handed, we’ll be the ones saving you from Amazon’s suspension machine!
From a Legal Standpoint
In the United States, usage of cannabis is illegal under federal law by way of the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. At the same time, policies concerning the medical and recreational use of cannabis are very different in each state. In 33 states, the medical use of cannabis is legalized only with a doctor’s recommendation.
In fourteen states, there are some limitations to the products which contain cannabidiol. The recreational usage of cannabis is legalized in 11 states:
Even after hemp and hemp-related products were legalized across the United State, Amazon insists on not changing its CBD policies.
A Little Different
The main reason why Amazon does not want to legalize the selling of CBD products on its platform is the differentiation between marijuana and CBD. It is too hard to separate hemp from marijuana since there is no tool that Amazon can use. The only way to determine if the product contains marijuana is to test it. Amazon is well aware that most of the sellers will start to offer marijuana instead of CBD products. Unless it decides to open Amazon laboratories, there is not much it can do at this point!
Let’s Wait and See
In order to understand the problem, we decided to search for CBD products on Amazon. Entering CBD into Amazon’s search, we got over 10,000 results. Some of them are books on CBD information, others are hemp gummies and hemp oils. There are nearly 6,000 results on hemp oil; however, most of them have poor quality.
Keep in mind that by selling prohibited items such as CBD products, you are playing with fire. You can be suspended at any time, and you will not be able to reinstate your seller account without an Amazon reinstatement service. However, there are some unfair black-market retailers who are running their business by using special tricks. For example, they never mention CBD in their listing; instead, they use special keywords such as full-spectrum hemp extract, notifying buyers that their products contain CBD. Clever, right? Not clever enough for Amazon!
As we can see, Amazon has a very strange relationship with CBD products. Is it just because of unwillingness? Or maybe Amazon feels like it can’t control the market! Nevertheless, nearly a billion sellers were suspended last year for selling CBD products. A billion!
In order to avoid such kind of issues, stay away from the products of this category, unless you want to be a billion + 1. We at Got Suspended are capable of dealing with such kind of issues and our Amazon account appeal service has been dedicated to figuring out how to get the account reinstated. If you come across an Amazon suspension, feel free to reach out to us, and we will return your seller privileges to the best of our abilities!