If you stopped by your local CVS in the last week, you might have noticed a new type of product on the shelves. In Alabama, California, Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland and Tennessee, you will now be able to find CBD creams, sprays, roll-ons, lotions and salves at some of the store’s locations.
And this week, the drugstore chain announced a partnership with cannabis firm Curaleaf, which operates a chain of medical cannabis dispensaries. CVS will carry Curaleaf’s line of hemp-derived CBD products in 10 states in the US.
The FDA’s outgoing commissioner Scott Gottleib has announced that the agency will create a working group to inform him on regulatory options for CBD.
The FDA also plans to hold a public meeting in April to allow stakeholders to voice their thoughts about how hemp-derived CBD should be regulated.
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Jelly beans are the newest food item to get a CBD-infused makeover.
The creator of Jelly Belly jelly beans, David Klein, has launched a new company called Spectrum Confections. The brand sells the jelly beans in bulk, and currently offers 38 different flavors with 10 mg of CBD per bean. The company’s web store is already out of stock, but they are assisting customers individually to help them place their orders.
Since the UK decided to allow access to some medical cannabis extracts last year, only about 80 patients have been able to obtain the CBD drug Epidiolex, according to a report from Huffpost UK.
Advocates are outraged that many children with intractable epilepsy are still being denied access to CBD products that may help to improve their conditions.
A proposed state law in Arizona would change the state’s legal definition of cannabis.
Last summer, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled that cannabis extracts like CBD are prohibited under the state’s medical marijuana law. According to the ruling, all extracts or concentrates fall under the category of “hashish,” which is illegal in Arizona.
HB 2149 would make it possible for patients to legally access and possess CBD products by including cannabis extracts within the definition of marijuana.
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