Mars Wrigley, the manufacturer of Skittles, Starburst, and Life Savers candies, has sued the maker of the THC-infused candy Zkittles for trademark infringement and alleged product abuse. The lawsuits were filed on Monday in the US federal courts of Illinois and California, and Canada against the shady infringing creators of the cannabis-infused Skittles look-alike candy.
Mars Wrigley's court filings seek millions of dollars in brand name damages as well as a permanent injunction to close down any website involved in the illicit sale of the candy drug, as well as counterfeit apparel and merchandise.
"At Mars Wrigley, we take great pride in creating fun treats that both parents and children can enjoy safely. We are extremely saddened to see our trademarked trademarks being used illegally to market THC-infused products," a Mars spokeswoman said in an email to CNBC.
As much as we are advocates of cannabis, it's concerning to see how children would inadvertently consume THC-infused candy by mistaking it for real skittles. When we look at the packaging of the infringing THC gummies, we can scarcely tell them apart from the original sweets. According to Mars, these counterfeited goods with little to no distinction will harm the company's public image.
Terp Hogz, the creators of this colorful candy creation knockoff, was set to sell their company yet again but now unlikely to sell again now that Mars has formally lodged lawsuits against them. Terp Hogz would be required to turn over all goods and merchandise that infringe on their name. Terphogz has yet to react to the entire situation.
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