The US Government Says Enough with the Snoop Products

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This past June, Marijuana.com reported that legendary rapper and pot activist Snoop Dogg was getting into a copyright scuffle on the ice with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In 2015, the Doggfather filed a trademark with the U.S. Patent Office for his Leafs by Snoop line of cannabis products. The filing caught the attention of Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, the parent company of the hockey team.

The Leafs felt that Snoop was offside for his use of the word “leafs” and the similarities of the logos.  Both are leaves; one is green, the other is blue. MLSE filed an opposition last spring.

Recently, however, the hockey team received an assist from an unlikely teammate — the United States Government. On September 8, the trademark office denied the application for Leafs by Snoop blunt wraps. The trademark office stated that Snoop couldn’t trademark his brand because it is intended for illegal activity.

TSN, a leading sports network across Canada, recently obtained a copy of the letter sent to Snoop Dogg aka Calvin Broadus Jr.

It reads “To obtain a federal trademark or service mark registration, the use of a mark in commerce must be lawful.  If the items or activities with which a mark is intended to be used are prohibited by law, then actual lawful use in commerce will not be possible and there can be no bona fide intent to lawfully use the mark in commerce for those items or activities.”

Snoop has also applied for a trademark application in Canada. The Canadian Intellectual Property Office has given Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment until November 8 to detail their opposition.

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Jonathan Hiltz has been a journalist, a TV producer and marijuana advocate for over sixteen years. He has a wife, two young children and lives in the Toronto area.

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