Kroger will sell hemp-derived CBD items such as lotions, balms, oils and creams in 945 stores, Kristal Howard, head of corporate communications and media relations at Kroger, said Tuesday. She did not name the brands that will be sold.
“Late last year, the federal scheduling of cannabis changed. The Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, or the Farm Bill, removed hemp — meaning cannabis or derivatives of cannabis with a very low THC content (below 0.3% by dry weight) — from the CSA’s [Federal Controlled Substances Act’s] definition of marijuana. As a result, while marijuana remains a Schedule I drug, hemp is no longer a controlled substance under federal law,” he explained.
On May 31, the Food and Drug Administration held a lengthy public hearing to get a bead on current scientific data and information about the safety, manufacturing, product quality, marketing, labeling and sale of products containing cannabis or cannabis derivatives.
“Like many retailers, we are starting to offer our customers a highly curated selection of topical products like lotions, balms, oils and creams that are infused with hemp-derived CBD,” Howard said in a statement. “CBD is a naturally occurring and non-intoxicating compound that has promising benefits and is permitted within federal and state regulations. Our limited selection of hemp-derived CBD topical products is from suppliers that have been reviewed for quality and safety.”
At the hearing, Peter Matz, food and health policy director at the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), urged the FDA to act swiftly to provide retailers more clarity and create a pathway for the “legal and appropriate sale” of hemp and hemp-derived products. He noted that there’s already “staggering” demand for CBD products ranging from food, beverages and dietary supplements to topical items like creams and lotions.
The Louisville division – which covers parts of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois –will begin selling a “curated selection” of topical hemp-derived CBD products in select stores and online in the coming weeks, a spokesperson said.
USA TODAY reported that CBD often comes from a cannabis plant known as hemp, which is defined by the U.S. government as having less than 0.3% THC, the compound that causes marijuana’s mind-altering effect. CBD doesn’t cause that high, but fans of the products claim benefits including relief for pain and anxiety.
What is CBD oil?
CBD, also known as cannabidiol, is derived from cannabis (Cannabis sativa L.) and its components.
Rachel Hurst, corporate affairs manager for the Kroger Michigan division told the Detriot Free Press will begin selling cannabidiol-infused products at stores in several states.
However, a bill to legalize hemp and hemp-derived CBD is moving quickly through the Ohio Statehouse in large part because of complaints about recent crackdowns on CBD.
(Reuters) – Kroger Co said on Tuesday it would start selling cannabis-based products in 945 stores, joining the growing number of retailers that are trying to tap the demand for cannabidiol (CBD) products.
CBD is the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana and does not cause intoxication.
The Ohio, Cincinnati-based company will sell products containing hemp-derived CBD such as creams, balms and oils at its stores spread across 17 states, the company said.
Kroger joins retailers like Walgreens Boots Alliance Inc, CVS Health Corp and Vitamin Shoppe Inc in selling CBD products in some of their stores.