FTC Announces Operation CBDeceit, Cracking Down on Deceptive CBD Claims
On December 17, 2020, the Federal Trade Commission announced Operation CBDeceit, the first law enforcement crackdown on deceptive claims in the growing market for cannabidiol (CBD) products. The FTC is taking action against six sellers of CBD-containing products for allegedly making a wide range of scientifically unsupported claims about their ability to treat serious health conditions, including cancer, heart disease, hypertension, Alzheimer’s disease, and others. The companies are Bionatrol Health, Epichouse, CBD Meds, HempmeCBD, Reef Industries, and Steve Distributing.
The FTC is requiring each of the companies, and individuals behind them, to stop making such unsupported health claims immediately, and several will pay monetary judgments to the agency. The orders settling the FTC’s complaints also bar the respondents from similar deceptive advertising in the future, and require that they have scientific evidence to support any health claims they make for CBD and other products.
To read the press release click here: FTC Announces Crackdown on Deceptively Marketed CBD Products | Federal Trade Commission
CBD companies with question about their marketing practices should seek counsel to ensure compliance with the myriad of rules and regulations regarding health and safety claims.
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