With a crackdown on the e-cigarettes, Rite Aid is now going to sell CBD products comprising of creams, lip balms and lotion in its 200 stores spread across states of Oregon and Washington this month. This step has been taken after the interests of the customers in the purchase of CBD products as says the company.
While on one hand the lawmaker have legalized CBD which have been derived from hemp, even though it promises to help everything from pain to anxiety and all though there being scant evidence for the same, the restriction of FDA is still prevalent as it prevents the companies from selling it as a food or dietary supplement. Meanwhile creams, lotions and other products applied on skin are safer for the retailers.
While the e-cigarette being conceived as a vaping “epidemic”, its sell is going to be stopped but the company would continue to sell cigarettes says Bryan Everett, the Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Furthermore Everett expresses that even though one may feel e-cigarettes acting as a beneficiary for those trying to quit on tobacco, the company has decided to stop selling of all the vaping products and electronic cigarettes from all Rite Aid stores.
With other drug stored such as Walgreens and CVS also introducing similar step. The proposal comes at a time when the FDA exclaimed Walgreens for selling of tobacco product to under aged. Whereas CVS has stopped the selling of cigarettes five years ago, the company is going to downplay cigarette sales in their stores and is focusing on cessation products complying of gums and nicotine patches. The critics however believe that the health stores should focus on not selling those products which are the main cause of health hazards and are amongst the chief cause for preventable death.