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Seattle's Cannabis being sued for product namesf
Is it a popular candy bar? Or pot?
A play on words - and labels - has a national 'candy company' suing a Seattle 'Medical Marijuana Co-op.'
Reese's peanut butter cups are one of the most famous candy brands. So popular the manufacturer is suing a Seattle marijuana co-op for trying to imitate the candy with Cannabis.
According to the federal lawsuit, "conscious care cooperative" sells "Reefer's Peanut Butter Cups" and "Kush Peanut Butter Cups" - you can see, both products have similar designs compared to the Reese's trademark.
Hershey's says the Cannabis shop also sells a product called "Mr. Dankbar" - with packaging that closely resembles hershey's "Mr. Goodbar."
("I think it's just a simple market strategy - mimicking brands that are pre-existing..")
Vivian McPeak Executive Director of Seattle Hempfest says there's controversy within the Cannabis movement right now regarding candy as a form of medicine.
("Some people in the Cannabis movement have some concerns whether candy is the appropriate way to deliver medical marijuana because of the propensity for children to get ahold of it.")
That's also among the concerns of Hersheys.
A statement from a company spokesman reads in part "consumers depend on our brand names to represent a level of quality and dependability. These entities have used Hershey's trademarks, without authorization, to trade on Hershey's goodwill and reputation..."
("This is a time - a new frontier, a lot of changing policies within our country right now and I think these are issues that we're going to be grappling with as the Cannabis industry grows up and moves to the next level and becomes a more mainstream commodity.")
Workers at 'Conscious Care Cooperative' did not want to comment.
The Hershey company filed a similar lawsuit last week in Colorado against a company manufacturing and selling marijuana products using Hershey's trademark.