Colo. Springs Edibles Firm Settles Suit Over Hershey Look-Alike Candy

COLORADO:  The small Colorado Springs-based producer of marijuana edibles, sued in June by candy giant The Hershey Company for allegedly breaching a number of design and name patents, quietly settled the dispute.

In a settlement penned in late September, TinctureBelle agreed to recall and destroy all edibles it sold that looked like the famed chocolate company’s products, or with names that played on their brands.

Although the edibles company said it had stopped making products that appeared like those produced by Hershey — including well-known names such as Reese’s, Almond Joy and Heath — long before the federal lawsuit was filed in June in U.S. District Court in Denver, the settlement makes sure it won’t happen again.

The settlement also requires TinctureBelle not to use the product names Hashees, Ganja Joy, Hasheath, Hasheats, Thingamajiggy or Reefers, nor to use the name Reefer for any candies that contain either peanut butter or its flavorings. The company also agreed not to make packages with brown, yellow and orange colors, which are those used by the Reeses brand, according to a copy of the settlement.



Denver Police Warn Trick-Or-Treaters Of Marijuana-Infused Candy

COLORADO:  Denver police have warned parents to beware tricks rolled inside Halloween treats this year: marijuana-infused candy.

The Denver police department posted a YouTube video on Monday that shows how difficult it is to tell ordinary candy apart from knock-off candy that edible marijuana manufacturers buy in bulk and spray with a hibiscus hash oil.

“Once that candy dries, there’s really no way to tell the difference between candy that’s infused and candy that’s not infused,” said Patrick Johnson, proprietor of Urban Dispensary, one of several marijuana retailers that have cropped up across the state since the substance was legalized for recreational use last year. “There’s really no way for a child or a parent or anybody, even an expert in the field, to tell you whether or not a product is infused or not.”

His recommendation? Trash any candy that isn’t sealed in a recognizable, brand-name wrapper.