Major flower companies, like 1-800-Flowers.com, are having concerns about their flower growers switching from roses to marijuana. Flower growers have seen the potential revenue that growing marijuana can bring and some have transitioned over to growing marijuana instead of household flowers.
Jim McCann, CEO of 1-800-Flowers.com, said, “We have been pushing for domestic production of flowers hard for the last 10 years and having real good success… but we are concerned because some growers with enormous greenhouse facilities in California or Colorado or perhaps in Oregon are saying, ‘Is this the best crop I can grow, these flowers for all these florists around the country? Maybe I can switch to cannabis and get 10 times on the revenue line.’ That’s a big concern of ours.”
A direct impact on the flower industry or on 1-800-Flowers.com has yet to be seen, according to Fox Business. It is a valid concern as many of the growers for these large florists do have large enough facilities already in place to easily make the transition to marijuana growing.
McCann also said, “We haven’t seen it manifest itself yet, but a lot of people are on the precipice of making a decision… we’re working with them all the time to make sure we do the right analysis. We’re more for rose production than we are for cannabis production.”
Coincidentally, the states in which marijuana is recreationally legal also happen to be some of the best growing environments for flowers.