Rite Aid will sell CBD products in 2 states, stop selling e-cigarettes in all stores

Rite Aid reports it will start selling CBD creams, lotions, and lip balms in Washington and Oregon this month, testing public demand for cannabis-based consumer products. Walgreens and CVS also recently introduced similar products in some of their stores.

Rite Aid reports it will start selling CBD creams, lotions, and lip balms in Washington and Oregon this month, testing public demand for cannabis-based consumer products. Walgreens and CVS also recently introduced similar products in some of their stores. Community pharmacies are evaluating the market, as federal health officials craft new regulations overseeing the CBD industry. Lawmakers legalized CBD derived from hemp in 2018, though FDA does not allow companies to add it to food or sell it as a dietary supplement. Creams, lotions, and other products applied to the skin are likely a safer first step for pharmacies. Rite Aid also indicated it will stop selling e-cigarettes. "While many feel [e-cigarettes] are beneficial to those of legal age who are trying to quit the use of tobacco, we have made the decision to remove all electronic cigarettes and vaping products from our offering at all Rite Aid stores," says Rite Aid Chief Operating Officer Bryan Everett. CVS Health stopped selling cigarettes nearly 5 years ago, while Walgreens continues to do so. Critics have said health-focused community pharmacies should not sell products that are the leading cause of preventable death.