Grocery giant Kroger lobbies on CBD after adding topicals to store shelves

The nation’s largest grocery store chain by revenue, Kroger, is now lobbying on CBD policy.

The move comes after the grocery giant added CBD topicals to its store shelves in 17 states.

According to Kroger lobbying disclosures, first reported by Cannabis Wire, the grocery giant reported spending roughly $190,000 in the fourth quarter of 2019 on “issues related to the regulation of topical products containing CBD oils and hemp-derived products,” in addition to other matters.

Kroger also lobbied on CBD in the second and third quarters of 2019, the news agency reported.

Kroger listed as its lobbying targets:
  • U.S. Congress.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture.
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Kroger is one of many major retailers participating in the CBD trend, including national pharmacy chains CVSRite Aid and Walgreens, all of which came online with CBD products last year but limited their selections to topical products.