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The need for stable credit card processing for CBD products and legal smoking accessories – like pipes and glassware – is expanding. Tasker Payment Gateways LLC is BBB-accredited with an A+ rating and has spent nearly two decades helping merchants find the payment gateways and merchant accounts they need in order to accept credit cards online for legal “high-risk” items like CBD, pipes, bongs, grinders, and smoking accessories.
CBD processors can be different from pipe and glassware processors
It’s important for high-risk e-commerce businesses to use high-risk payment gateways and merchant accounts. All too often, though, new merchants sign up for standard payment processors like Stripe, PayPal, or Shopify Payments and find that their account has been shut down because their products are prohibited. In addition, established businesses need to be incredibly careful when adding a new type of product to their inventory.
For example, if you own an online head shop that sells grinders, bongs, and other accessories, you may decide to start selling CBD products too, since you’re already set up with high-risk processing. But you may run into trouble if your payment gateway or merchant account is not CBD friendly. Tasker Payment Gateways LLC has helped many business owners in this situation make sure that their accounts are the right ones for all of the different products they sell.
Certificates of analysis for CBD
One thing to keep in mind is that some high-risk products have industry-specific requirements that can affect the kind of payment gateway and merchant account you will end up needing. When it comes to CBD items, a certificate of analysis (COA) from an accredited laboratory is important to have for each product. This document shows the entire composition of the product, which allows consumers to make more informed choices, and is required by payment processors.
Align your CBD and smoke shop website with all regulations
For pipe and glassware products, processors often pay close attention to the wording on your business’s website and social media pages, so it’s important to avoid references to anything illegal at the federal level. At Tasker Payment Gateways LLC, we are experienced at navigating the nuances of these requirements, and our trusted partners will place you with a payment processor that’s right for your specific product set. Whether you sell CBD products as well as grinders, bongs, and glassware, we will help you every step of the way. Contact us any time to get started.
What about Stripe for CBD and glassware?
One of the more popular and respected payment solutions is Stripe, and it works very well for many low-risk online businesses. Unfortunately, Stripe’s prohibited products list includes those in tightly regulated industries, such as CBD or pipes and glass.
What some merchants may not realize is that Stripe also powers other popular payment solutions. For example, Wix Payments prohibited items, WooCommerce Payments prohibited items, and Shopify Payments prohibited items are all effectively identical to Stripe’s. So, if a business owner in a high-risk industry builds a site on any of these platforms, using the out-of-the-box payment solution may seem easier, but could also result in a shut-down account or even frozen funds.
We encourage high-risk site owners to do their research and reach out to Tasker Payment Gateways early – it’s a lot easier to find a high-risk-friendly payment solution upfront than to have to backtrack later while you’re right in the midst of running your business.
Start out right and consult a lawyer before selling pipes, bongs, and CBD online
While we at TaskerPaymentGateways.com love helping new and established business owners find payment processors that are right for them, we are not lawyers and cannot give legal advice. Business owners should consult with a lawyer with knowledge of national and local laws before selling these high-risk products online.
Now is a great time to start a smoking accessory and CBD website
Right now, even some of the more conservative states in the US have passed or are considering some type of marijuana legalization. Every state without medical marijuana has had a bill related to it introduced this year, and while many did not pass, the momentum is growing. And now that banking access is likely to open up nationally, it is a great time for existing online head shops to expand into CBD products, or for CBD merchants to begin offering pipes and glass, and other smoking accessories.
Website builders and shopping carts for CBD and head shop websites
So if you’re ready to start selling CBD, pipes, bongs, and grinders online, where do you start? There are many good options for website building, depending on your business’s needs. Squarespace is a popular choice, as are Weebly and Wix. In addition to the site builder, you will need a shopping cart such as WooCommerce, BigCommerce, or Shopify.
As we explained earlier, out-of-the-box payment gateways that accompany some of the popular shopping carts are not good choices for high-risk e-commerce websites. Instead, you will want to integrate your shopping cart with a high-risk-friendly payment gateway such as NMI or Authorize.Net and use a high-risk-friendly merchant account as well. Tasker Payment Gateways can provide advice and assistance for all of these services.
Below are some helpful guides to selling high-risk products on popular site builders:
- BigCommerce high-risk payments guide
- Shopify high-risk guide
- Squarespace – a deep dive into integrating high-risk payments
- Wix and high-risk payment processing
- Weebly high-risk payments guide
- WooCommerce high-risk payment processing guide
Need a payment gateway that works for CBD, pipes, and bongs? We can help
With the steady nationwide increase in marijuana legalization, now is a terrific time to start or expand an online CBD and/or smoking accessories business. Tasker Payment Gateways is poised to help you find the perfect payment gateway and merchant account for your high-risk products.
Contact us with any questions you may have about the process. Our team is happy to help. Whether you need advice on a shopping cart integration, a payment gateway, or a merchant account recommendation, we’ll be glad to answer all your questions free of charge.
PLEASE NOTE: The information and materials on this page/site are provided for general informational purposes only and are not intended to be legal advice. The law changes frequently and varies from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. Being general in nature, the information and materials provided may not apply to any specific factual and/or legal set of circumstances.