CHICAGO —Scott Gottleib’s departure from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) reinforces the weariness retailers have surrounding the hemp-derived cannabidiol (CBD) market. The FDA has yet to release a list of structured guidelines and regulations surrounding CBD products, and until that happens, many retailers will remain on the sidelines.
“We don’t want to risk any legal ramifications,” Erin Butler, senior category manager for Des Moines, Iowa-based Kum & Go LC, told CSP Daily News. “We’re exploring, talking with suppliers and making plan-o-grams for our stores. But we won’t act until we know that we can, legally.”
This curated list—featuring original content from CSP as well as news from around the industry—aims to provide retailers with the latest trends, stories and insights on CBD. The list is part of CSP’sCBD-focused newsletter and offers updates every month.
Here’s the hottest CBD news from March …
Cross-channel researcher says c-stores are in fight over emerging category
The Texas Department of State Health Services removed hemp from the list, which will go into effect on April 5
Officials notified businesses selling CBD products that they could be cited and no new licenses will be given
Half use cannabis only for medical purposes, study finds
For most merchants, the rewards for selling CBD products outweigh the risk
Fitness studio SoulCycle now selling CBD lotion in all 85 of its U.S. locations and on its website
Kansas has passed a bill that would allow people with life-threatening medical conditions to get treatment with CBD oil
Gov. Janet Mills of Maine signed a law allowing CBD to be added to food products