As the green rush surges across state lines, someone else is looking to cash in on the growing industry: Whole Foods CEO John Mackey. Mackey, who co-founded the Austin-based grocery store giant in 1980 sat down with the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith last month. During their conversation, he stated he’d be down to sell weed products if legal marijuana is passed in the state.
“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.”
As NowThis notes, he’s been open progressive for quite some time, telling Mother Jones in 2013 that he was #TeamLegalization.
“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 shared.
And in a recent Whole Foods report, it was predicted that hemp products will be a top 10 food trend this year, so Mackey’s consideration comes right on time.
“Hemp hearts, seed and oils are nothing new to food and body care lovers—they’re in everything from waffle mix to dried pastas,” Whole Food’s report reads. “But a new interest in the potential benefits stemming from other parts of hemp plants has many brands looking to explore the booming cannabis biz.”
Whole foods also notes that the interest goes beyond CBD.
“Non-cannabis-derived sources from the endocannabinoid system (which are named after the cannabis plant that inspired their discovery), like phytocannabinoids that exist in nature, are also becoming more visible and prevalent due to the growing trend,” they add. “It’s clear that hemp-derived products are going mainstream, if not by wide distribution, then by word of mouth!”
The real question is: will these Whole Foods weed products be organic?
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