CHICAGO— Convenience retailers remain hesitant to jump into the fast-moving waters of cannabidiol, or CBD, even months after the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018—also known as the Farm Bill—made the growing, production and sale of hemp-based products legal in the United States.
Retailers attending CSP’s recent Convenience Retailing University (CRU) conference in Orlando, Fla., discussed CBDs with a lot of enthusiasm, but confessed reservations about federal and local regulations and requirements. Many believed that uncertainty would keep them sidelined for a while. Erin Butler, senior category manager of program and opportunity development for convenience-store chain Kum & Go, Des Moines, Iowa, said, “It’s a trend we’ll capitalize on when we can, but we don’t want to risk the legal ramifications.”
While retailers like Butler have pushed the pause button on CBDs, the category continues to evolve. Here are other stories tracking those trends …
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