Category Archives: News

Vitamin Shoppe to sell edible CBD supplements as consumers clamor for cannabis compound

There’s now one stop for all your vitamins: including A, B and CBD. The Vitamin Shoppe started stocking its shelves with oral CBD soft gels this week and will start selling CBD drops by the end of the month. It’s one of the first major national retailers to sell CBD supplements since Congress legalized the […]

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

Rite Aid said it will start selling CBD creams, lotions and lip balms in Washington and Oregon this month, following other drugstore chains in testing public demand for cannabis-based consumer products, the company announced Thursday. “Rite Aid has heard from many customers about their interest in purchasing CBD products,” the company said in a statement. […]

Chefs pick CBD- and cannabis-infused food as this year’s hot trend at restaurants

The FDA won’t approve of this year’s hot food trend. The National Restaurant Association and the American Culinary Federation surveyed 650 professional chefs about the top culinary and restaurant concepts for 2019. It found that 3 in 4 chefs said CBD- and cannabis-infused food would be a hot trend this year. Of course, chefs’ interest […]

More CBD Guidance – And a Public Hearing Date – From the FDA

As we have been sharing in this space (read here and here and here), the FDA has been slowly charting a path toward the full legal recognition of hemp-derived CBD as a food additive and dietary supplement. Today, marks another landmark. After teasing such an announcement for weeks, the FDA published in the Federal Register […]

FDA sets first hearing on CBD in May as the agency looks at legalizing the cannabis compound in food and drinks

The Food and Drug Administration has set its first public hearing on legalizing CBD in food and drinks, to figure out how to regulate the newly legalized cannabis product. The hearing will take place on May 31. The agency wants data on CBD’s safety in food products and feedback on how it might regulate manufacturing, […]

Walgreens to sell CBD products in 1,500 stores

Walgreens will sell CBD creams, patches and sprays in nearly 1,500 stores in select states, the company told CNBC on Wednesday. The drugstore chain will sell the cannabis-based products in Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kentucky, Tennessee, Vermont, South Carolina, Illinois and Indiana. Walgreens declined to specify which brands it would carry. “This product offering is […]

Hemp Moving Forward in Florida

We are excited to report some real progress for hemp and hemp-derived CBD in the Sunshine State. Yesterday, the Senate Agriculture Committee unanimously passed SB 1020 which promotes the cultivation, handling, processing, and sale of hemp, and confirms the legality of the retail sale of hemp products, such as hemp-derived CBD. During the committee meeting, […]

Hemp Declassified in Texas!

As you might remember, a few months ago, the Roundtable’s intrepid attorneys at Frost Brown Todd identified a provision buried in the statutes of more than a dozen states – when there was a federal de-classification of a drug, the state must follow suit. This led to an obvious conclusion – hemp should be removed […]

Two Big Wins for Hemp in West Virginia

It was a wild and wonderful week in West Virginia for hemp. As you may recall from last fall, the Mountain State’s US Attorney sought and obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) against a hemp company, alleging that it did not comply with the regulations of the state’s agricultural pilot program. Specifically, the suit argued […]

More Positive News from the World Health Organization

As reported back in August in this space, the World Health Organization (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) recommended that “preparations considered to be pure CBD should not be scheduled within the International Drug Control Conventions.” Last week, the news got even better. In this January 24, 2019 letter to the United Nations Secretary-General, […]

Colleges are Launching Cannabis Degrees and Certificate Programs

Cannabis is coming to the classroom. The first degrees in cannabis chemistry will be offered beginning this fall at Lake Superior State University in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., according to the university’s website. The soon-to-be-launched program will offer both associate and bachelor’s degrees, and will equip students “with the knowledge necessary to gain employment in […]

BREAKING – SENATE PASSES THE FARM BILL

Farm Bill Update December 2018

In our polarized and paralyzed political system, we are always warning Congress-watchers to tamper expectations of the speed of legislative action. So, imagine our surprise to report that the Senate just passed the Farm Bill with permanent hemp legalization!  By an overwhelming 87-13 vote. The bill is now off to the House, where final passage […]