Forum on the Road: Is Weed Threatening the Wine Business in Napa County?

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A marijuana plant is pictured as a bartender opens wine at a cannabis food event in Tacoma, Washington on July 19, 2016. (Photo: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

Some Napa vintners want to add cannabis to their offerings, hoping to benefit from California's legalization of recreational marijuana. The industries are not dissimilar: cannabis and wine are both naturally-derived, highly-regulated intoxicants. But some in the Napa Valley are concerned that cultivating weed will compromise the county's reputation as a wine producer. We'll talk about the cannabis and wine industries, and whether the Napa Valley is big enough for both.


Karen MacNeil, author, "The Wine Bible"

Stephanie Honig, partner, Honig Winery: president, Napa Valley Cannabis Association

Rob McMillan, executive vice president, Silicon Valley Bank Wine Division

Devika Maskey, CEO, TSO Sonoma and TSO Elevated Events