Those seeking signs that marijuana is headed towards mainstream availability may find news titillating that a spokesperson for Walmart said the mega-chain is doing “preliminary fact-finding” on the possibility of selling cannabis products.
Walmart Canada representative Diane Medeiros admitted in an email to the Vancouver Sun that, though the company has no set plans for making any specific products commercially available, it is researching the potential of stocking cannabinoid-based products—specifically those containing CBD. Medeiros chalked the research up to good business tactics, writing that Walmart is doing its due diligence, “as we would for any new industry.”
The news comes days before Canada is set to legalize weed on the federal level. Given that the country’s census organization has estimated that Canadians will drop $1 billion on legal cannabis in the first 10 weeks of its availability, it should come as no surprise that the industry is attracting attention from pre-existing brands.
Walmart is far from the only major brand looking to expand its offerings for marijuana consumers, the food and drink industries being among the areas of most rapid expansion. In the past month, Coca-Cola has joined the list of megalith brands that have openly addressed the possibility of