Asked during a recent interview if Whole Foods might consider selling “alternative proteins” such as insects, Mackey said yes. And, without being asked, brought up the subject of marijuana.
“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.”
Mackey said weed has to be legal in the state before Whole Foods decides to go all in on cannabis. That might take some doing since Washington D.C. isn’t as open-minded as the Canadian Parliament, which made the recreational use of weed legal throughout Canada starting Oct. 17, 2018.
In the U.S. right now, recreational marijuana is legal in only 10 states and Washington, D.C. Medical marijuana fares somewhat better and is legal in 33 states. Needless to say, Republican Red States are the most ardent opponents of legalizing weed.
Based on Mackey’s condition that Whole Foods will only dare sell weed, cannabidiol (CBD), CBD products or CBD-infused products only when weed becomes legal in most states, would-be buyers of weed have a long wait coming.