The issue was brought up unprompted by Mackey following a question about Whole Foods selling “alternative proteins” such as insect protein.
“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too. You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.” — Whole Foods CEO John Mackey, via Marijuana Moment
While Mackey was not explicit in saying that the chain is currently working on a plan to retail cannabis, he is a known proponent of cannabis legalization. Mackey came out in favor of cannabis legalization in a 2013 Mother Jones interview.
Whole Foods hired a trend-spotter following its 2017 acquisition by Amazon, who predicted that hemp and other products of the “cannabis biz” would be a regon with large growth potential for the grocery chain. That prediction is looking more and more accurate as the FDA takes action toward creating a regulatory framework for hemp-based products including CBD oils, foods, nutraceuticals, tinctures, and more.