LANSING, Mich. — The Kroger Co. is becoming part of the retail craze involving CBD.
Just like a number of retailers in Michigan and nationally, the Cincinnati-based grocery store chain is introducing lotions, balms, oils, and creams into its stores' product lines in 17 states, including in Michigan.
In December, the U.S. government made industrial hemp legal.
Since then retailers have been targeting various ways to profit from the growing cannabidiol market.
That specific market includes products derived from the hemp plant, Cannabis sativa L.
Many believe CBD has healing properties, but it has no THC, which in marijuana creates a high.
However, regulations around legal use of CBD oil varies in many jurisdictions.
Although production of industrial hemp is legal and regulated by the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Food and Drug Administration does not recognize CBD as an ingredient generally regarded as safe.
Local and state governments also have their own regulations.
Kroger's CBD offerings will range in price from $3.99 to $59.99, but the specific brands the store would offer were not yet available.
In Michigan, CBD products will be available in 92 of its 120 stores.
The company says it will slowly introduce products.
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