Nobody wants to be the last one to a party, and that includes large drugstore chains. Some day very soon a new uber-visible, uber-successful corporation will get into the cannabis business and it won’t make news. But that day hasn’t come quite yet.
In another sign of cannabis’s migration to the American mainstream, CVS, the nation’s largest drugstore by total sales, is now selling weed-infused products. The company announced on Wednesday that has already started to sell CBD-laced creams, sprays, lotions, and salves, as reported by CNBC.
They’re starting things out relatively slow, with the CBD products in about 800 stores throughout ten states. Weirdly, only eight of those states were identified: Maryland, Illinois, Indiana, Colorado, California, Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee.
The move comes in the wake of the 2018 Farm Bill, which President Trump signed in December, making it sort of legal to sell hemp-based CBD products. Other retail chains who have got in on the cannabis-selling act since then include Barney’s and Neiman Marcus.
“We have partnered with CBD product manufacturers that are complying with applicable laws and that meet CVS’s high standards for quality,” a spokesperson for the company said in a statement.
The announcement also comes shortly on the heels of another announcement from CVS this week, saying that the company was giving $1.4 million to programs in schools and colleges to help cut down on smoking among students.
That donation follows a recent crackdown by the FDA on other big drugstore chains like Walgreens for their sale of tobacco products to minors. So maybe now that CVS is getting into the weed game, they want to make friends with the government?
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