Whole Foods Selling Cannabis?

Whole Foods Selling Cannabis?

Earlier this week, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said he expects stores to begin stocking marijuana products if the market looks promising.

A Q&A was hosted by The Texas Tribune, where Mackey attended. An audience member asked him if the company would consider retailing “alternative proteins sources” such as insects. Mackey claimed that they would, and then, voluntarily brought up marijuana. He began to comment on the growing demand for cannabis products in the store.

“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too,” he said. “You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.”

When the moderator asked Mackey about which product he thought Whole Foods would sell first: “bugs or pot brownies?”

Mackey replied, “Let’s see what happens with the market and the government regulations over time.”

This is not the first time the Whole Foods CEO has commented on shelving cannabis products in the store. He voiced his support for the legalization of marijuana in 2013 in an interview with Mother Jones.

“I am pro-choice, favor legalizing gay marriages, protecting our environment, enforcing strict animal welfare protection laws (I’ve been an ethical vegan for 10 years), marijuana legalization, having a welfare safety net for our poorest or disabled citizens, and a radically reduced defense budget and military presence around the world,” he said during the interview.

It would be to Whole Foods benefit to plan an entry into the cannabis industry. That’s possibly why the company recently recruited a “seasoned trend-spotter” to predict the hottest commodities for 2019, and hemp products made the top-10 list.

Hemp hearts, seeds, and oils aren’t anything new to food and body care aficionados. They are found in a variety of products. There are strong interests in benefits stemming from other parts of the hemp plant that has many companies wanting to explore, as the cannabis industry is booming.

While you probably shouldn’t expect to be grabbing some organic weed from Whole Foods any time soon, there are a number of pro-cannabis presidential candidates that could speed up the process. It may take some time for further legislative reforms before Whole Foods feels comfortable selling marijuana products, but the passing of the 2018 Farm Bill, could open the door for hemp derived CBD products to be sold in the future.

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