In a staged conversation with a Texas Tribune reporter, Whole Foods CEO John Mackey said that the grocery chain would likely enter the marijuana market should cannabis be regulated in Texas.
“If cannabis is ever passed in Texas, chances are good that grocery stores will be selling that too,” said Mackey. “You just never know what happens over time with markets. They change and evolve.”
The statement came as part of Mackey’s response to an audience member who had actually presented a question about whether Whole Foods would consider selling insects as alternative protein sources. (The answer to the bug query was also an affirmative.) Mackey did not say whether the company was currently pursuing a plan to widen its cannabis-related offerings, and wasn’t ready to venture a guess as to what products would be the first on the company’s shelves, replying to the moderator’s follow-up with, “Let’s see what happens with the market and the government regulations over time.”
Mackey has been on record as a cannabis supporter since a 2013 interview with Mother Jones, in which he identified his pro-pot stance as part of his posture as a “classical liberal.” Whole Foods already sells some cannabis-derived products, such