Rite Aid will start selling CBD creams, lotions and lip balms at more than 200 stores in Washington and Oregon later this month, according to an earnings call. The retailer also will introduce Amazon Lockers at more than 900 stores, and stop selling e-cigarettes and vaping products.
Rite Aid is the third major pharmacy chain to start selling CBD-infused products: Walgreens is selling them at 1,500 stores in nine states, while CVS has introduced them at an unspecified number of stores in eight states. All three chains are currently selling only topical CBD products.
The halt in e-cigarette sales has been prompted by concerns about increasing use of these products by children and teens, which has grown by 78% among high schoolers and 48% among middle schoolers between 2017 and 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Rite Aid plans to remove the products over the next 90 days.