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.