Hershey’s runs after makers of cannabis-based products
The world’s biggest chocolate manufacturer Hershey’s Co. is going after companies producing or retailing cannabis-based edibles, accusing them of making profit out of its popular trademarked chocolate products.
Hershey’s attorneys have been busy over the past several years suing and issuing cease and desist letters for copyright and trademark infringement, citing striking resemblance of its popular confectioneries to cannabis-based products being sold in the market.
Northern California-grown Good Girl Cannabis Co. and Oakland-based dispensary Harborside were only two of the several companies that were slapped with legal notices, barring them from further manufacturing ripped off products. Good Girl was able to reach an out of court settlement with Hershey’s last year.
But Harborside decided to lock horns with the confectionary giant, which now resulted to months-long legal battle. The canna-business refused to pay $20,000 payout for the sale of its cannabis candy Jolly Meds, which resembles Hershey’s Jolly Ranchers.
But for Amanda Conley, the California-based attorney who represented a cannabis candy maker in a 2014 legal dispute with Hershey’s, said that edible makers should reconsider imitating or spoofing trademarked confectionaries, stressing that it was not the first time the Hershey’s blocked unwelcomed attempt to copy its products.