Candy Giant Mars Wrigley Sues Cannabis Brands For Copyright Infringement
Mars Wrigley has filed multiple lawsuits against cannabis brands, accusing them of trademark infringement.
May 4, 2021
Global candy giant Mars Wrigley has filed lawsuits against several businesses selling cannabis products in the United States and Canada, claiming the companies have infringed on trademarks for some of its most iconic consumer brands. Mars Wrigley said on Monday that the legal action is intended to stop the illicit cannabis industry’s illegal and dangerous use of its world-famous trademarks in the marketing for THC-infused edibles.
“Mars Wrigley strongly condemns the use of popular candy brands in the marketing and sale of THC products, which is grossly deceptive and irresponsible,” the company wrote in a press release. “The use of Mars Wrigley’s brands in this manner is unauthorized, inappropriate, and must cease, especially to protect children from mistakenly ingesting these unlawful THC products.”
Legal Action Filed In California and Illinois
The company noted that THC products sold under the names “Medicated Skittles,” “Starburst Gummies,” and “Life Savers Medicated Gummies” were available to consumers in Canada and the United States from e-commerce sites. Mars Wrigley said that the look-alike products “pose a great danger to the public as anyone, children and adults alike, could easily mistake the infringing cannabis-infused products for Wrigley’s famous and beloved candies and inadvertently ingest” the THC in them, according to a complaint filed Monday in federal court in Riverside, California.