CVS, the United States’ largest drug store chain, where most people restrict their shopping to the typical drug store purchase, like Doritos, nail polish, condoms, and overpriced school supplies, is now selling CBD.
CVS is selling CBD sprays, lotions, creams, roll-ons, and salves in eight states and counting, including Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, and Tennessee. They will soon sell CBD products from cannabis company Curaleaf, which currently sells full-THC cannabis in eleven states. After Curaleaf sent out an announcement of the partnership, CVS confirmed that they have already started selling CBD products in their stores.
While Amazon has long sold CBD oil in its online marketplace, this is the first time a major national mainstream brick-and-mortar chain has sold CBD and admitted as such.
“We have partnered with CBD product manufacturers that are complying with applicable laws and that meet CVS’s high standards for quality,” a spokesman said in an email to MarketWatch.
Although CBD, a nonpsychoactive product that can be derived from marijuana, has been sold throughout the United States by independent companies for years by now, it exists in somewhat of a legal gray area. In 2018, many expected that gray area to finally clear up, with the new farm bill.
As Leafly pointed out, “Passage of the 2018 farm bill in Congress late last year led many to believe that hemp-derived CBD had become legal nationwide. That’s not quite the case. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration has taken aggressive steps to insist that CBD, because it’s derived from cannabis, a Schedule I substance, is therefore illegal under federal law.”