• Shell Stations Can Sell CBD

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    Shell Oil Products US and Motiva Enterprises are allowing Shell stations to sell cannabidiol (CBD) without getting penalized on the mystery shopper survey for carrying drug paraphernalia, the companies confirmed.

    In recent years, the Shell brand has taken a tough stand on illegal synthetic drugs and drug paraphernalia, incorporating a compliance check for those products in its Mystery Motorist Program. The MMP is designed to enforce brand standards.

    Wholesalers can be fined and Shell stations can be de-branded for carrying drug paraphernalia. But marketers said their Shell reps have been telling them they will not be penalized for stocking CBD, as it is no longer considered drug paraphernalia.

    "Shell's understanding is that the Farm Bill signed into law on Dec. 20, 2018 legalizes growing hemp in the United States and removes hemp-derived CBD from the definition of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act," Shell spokesman Jim Appleby told OPIS.

    However, the policy on CBD that Shell adopted earlier this year said wholesalers are responsible for ensuring their Shell sites comply with all federal, state and local laws and regulations.

    "Shell encourages wholesalers to consult with their attorney for further guidance regarding the sale, distribution or marketing of hemp or hemp-derived products (such as hemp oil or CBD)," the policy statement said.

    There's been growing support for marketing CBD, a natural remedy for common ailments. For example, OPIS previously reported the Texas Department of State Health Services officially removed hemp from its list of controlled substances.The Texas Food & Fuel Association had said that the likelihood of future police raids on convenience stores for selling CBD are much more unlikely now that hemp is no longer considered a Schedule 1 drug in the state.

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