Hershey Sues Pot Vendors: Stop Copying Us
No more 'Reefer's Peanut Butter Cups'?
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 5, 2014 6:04 PM CDT
The real Reese's.   (Flickr)

(Newser) – Walk into a shop that sells legal marijuana, and you're likely to come across products such as "Reefer's Peanut Butter Cup" or "Mr. Dankbar." Get it? Hershey does, and it's not amused. The candy giant has sued marijuana cooperatives in Seattle and Colorado for hawking products that look awfully similar to some of its well-known brands, reports Seattle's KOMO News.

"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," says the executive director of the Seattle Hempfest organization. In the meantime, attention Quaker Oats: A reporter for KIRO 7 strolled to a another co-op in Seattle and found a product called "Cap'n Cosmic" that looks a lot like a certain breakfast cereal. (Click to read about how Times' columnist Maureen Dowd discovered that aforementioned new frontier when she ate a marijuana candy bar.)

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baldpirate
Jun 6, 2014 9:35 AM CDT
This is utter BS!!! Snack food and candy companies have been making millions off stoner's with the munchies for year's and now they are complaining? This is a Mass Media Campaign Co's wet dream! Imagine all the new yet similar slogans that will breathe new life into old product's. Screw Reece's - Let the Ad Wars Begin!!
Dr Geo Douglas
Jun 6, 2014 8:43 AM CDT
It would seem that no patron ("member") of a cooperative looking for marijuana candy will be confused to think they are getting a Reeses PB Cup. And no kid looking for candy will walk into a coop and get high. So what's the big deal?
Hunter68
Jun 6, 2014 2:13 AM CDT
Now if only Hershey Corporation would have had the same concern for the American workers they laid off when Hershey moved its manufacturing location from Hershey, PA to Mexico. Milton Hershey, the orphan who became the founder of Hershey Corporation, who prided himself on providing good, steady jobs to local people, would be turning in his grave if he knew that the yuppies on its Board of Directors chose to move the lion's share of its production to Mexico. Today's Hershey Corporation equates to hypocrisy!