In an interview with the Texas Tribune newspaper earlier this week, John Mackie, CEO of Whole Foods Organic Food Supermarket, said that he was not against the possibility of selling legal cannabis in his stores, provided that the plant would be legalized in Texas where is the headquarters of the company.
“In the event that the state parliament legalizes cannabis, I don’t deny the possibility that the plant will be available in the Whole Foods chain stores, as well as in other private and chain supermarkets. The fact is that the attitude of people to the plant and related products will change with the laws. It is possible that hemp will become a sufficiently socially acceptable recreational means for it to be sold in grocery stores, like cigarettes or beer. ”
– said Mackie in an interview.
In fact, Mr. Mackey came up with a similar comment, giving a rather detailed answer to the question if he would allow him to sell food from insects in his stores as an “alternative natural source of protein” (For information, Mackey does not deny the possibility of selling similar products, in case there is enough demand for them). In other words, Mackey did not say anything about his company’s immediate readiness to enter the sphere of hemp business. He simply noted that in the case of legalization of cannabis in the territory of the corporation’s native state, its leadership may think about the possibility of including cannabis and related products in the range of goods of stores. “I don’t presume to say that everything will be like that,” he said in an interview. ”
It is worth noting that the businessman already voiced his sympathies for hemp reforms in 2013, when, in an interview with Mother Jones magazine, he described his political beliefs as a “classical liberal”, specifically mentioning that he was not against the legalization and regulation of the production and marketing of lungs. drugs, to which he took and marijuana. It is also worth noting that for several years his network of supermarkets has been selling products throughout the country, such as extracts of CBD from technical hemp, as well as various forms of food with the addition of plant seeds.
In addition, at the beginning of the year, the company announced food with the addition of seeds and non-psychoactive extracts of cannabis “one of the main trends in healthy nutrition in 2019.” Although the major media are still not in a hurry to talk about the high nutritional value of such food, this trend has been rapidly gaining momentum across the country for several years, thanks to the work of various bloggers, journalists and the word of mouth effect, Mackie himself says.
Of course, it is worth noting that even states that have completely legalized cannabis strictly regulate its production and distribution, in particular, preventing its sale outside the usually strictly limited number of specialty stores. In addition, despite the onset of medical reform in half of the country’s states, large online retailers, such as Amazon, which owns the Foods brand, also avoid the issue of the distribution of food-processing CBD and extracts, despite their technical legality. On the other hand, it is worth noting that the European branch of Amazon has already begun to experiment with the limited sale of pharmaceutical drugs and therapeutic cannabis products, suggesting that, if radical hemp reforms at the level of federal legislation, Whole Foods come.
At the moment, some other organizations have formally announced to the regional and federal authorities their desire to work in the field of hemp market. For example, in early February, the National Grocery Stores Association, representing small, privately owned food stores across the country, asked the governor of New York, Andrew Como, the formal right to sell hemp cigarettes in state-owned stores. It is worth noting that with the gradual movement of the state to the possibility of full legalization, the authorities in New York are now literally inundated with similar requirements from other commercial and public organizations wishing to receive a share of the profits from the potentially huge market for recreational marijuana. The request of the association of grocery stores argues that.
Unfortunately, while Texas is an “outsider” of the regional reform process, due to the influence of conservative politicians, however, even this state has recently begun to open reform, thanks to the growth of the general population regarding legalization of medical and recreational marijuana among the population. In particular, at the moment, there are 27 different bills in the Parliament and Senate of Texas, aimed at decriminalizing personal consumption of cannabis and legalizing its limited use for therapeutic purposes. Finally, it is worth noting that after a series of failures, local supporters of medical reform, nevertheless, were able to achieve the adoption of an act of legalizing the use of extracts of oils of the cannabis plant for medical purposes at the end of 2015.